Bulbophyllum pardalotum Garay, Hamer & Siegrist 1995 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by Dennis Steinbeck

Flower closeup

Photo by David Jubineau

Plant and Flower

Photos by Jo Levy Copyright , Courtesy Leslie Garay Archives

Flower in closed position

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by OrchidMania

Common Name The Leopard Spotted Bulbophyllum [refers to the spotting on the sepals and petals]

Flower Size 1 2/3" [4 cm]

Found in the Philippines at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with to 1.6" [to 4 cm] between each, ovoid to tetragonal pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, leathery, ovate to narrowly oblong, obtuse, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, basal, 1.6 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long, filiform, slightly longer than the leaf, single flowered inflorescence carrying resupinate flower that opens each morning and closes each night and lasts for about 10 days.

This species needs to be mounted on tree fern or cork to accomodate the rambling plant habit.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, Vermuellen 2008; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #1 2014 photo fide;