Bulbophyllum macranthum Lindley 1844 SECTION Sestochilos [Breda] Benth & Hook.f. 1883

Photo by © Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Dorsal view of flower, note movable lip at arrow

Photos by Jay Pfahl

FragrancePart shadeWarmCoolSpring and Fall

Common Name The Large Flowered Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 2" Tall [5 cm]

Found in Assam, Myanamar, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Moluccas, The Philippines, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands at altitudes of [sea-level] 700 up to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a stout, hairy rhizome with well spaced, ovate-elliptic psuedobulbs carrying a single, oblong, fleshy, petiolate leaf, blooms in the spring and fall with a solitary upside down flower [non-resupinate] that has a 2" [5 cm] long, basal, lateral, single flowered inflorescence that holds the fragrant [cloves] flower amid the leaves.

Best grown on a slab of tree fern or cork, given hot temperatures and good shade.

Similar to B praetervisum but if you compare the side photos of the 2 species you can see one of the defining differences. B macranthum has a much finer acute lip apex while B praetervisum has a wider less acute lip apex. The other is the lack of the two triangular stelida on the column which are very prominent on B praetervisum

Among the Borneo species, B. breimerianum is most similar to B. macranthum and B. praetervisum. It is unequivocally distinct at close inspection because of the retrorse ‘horns’ on the lip, as well as the rounded wings along the lower margin of the stelidia. Among species from elsewhere, B. grandifolium Schltr. is most similar, but this has a lip of .32 to .4" [8 to 10.5 mm] long.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum cochinchinense Gagn. 1950; Bulbophyllum patens Auct. no King ex Hkr. Gagn. 1951; Bulbophyllum purpureum Náves in F.M.Blanco 1880; Carparomorchis macrantha (Lindl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Phyllorchis macrantha (Lindl.) Kuntze; *Sarcopodium macranthum Lindley 1850-1; Sarcopodium purpureum Rchb.f 1859;

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