Bulbophyllum vaginatum [Lindley]Rchb.f 1861 SECTION Ephippium Schlechter 1913

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Common Name The Vagina Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

From Thailand, Malaysia, Java and Borneo in mangrove, lowland, open secondary, mixed and peat swamp forests at elevations of sea-level to 600 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing, unifoliate epiphyte that has a 2" spread between each ovoid, yellow pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong, coriaceous, convex, apically bilobed leaf that blooms in the late winter and again in the summer or fall on a slender, 4 3/4" [12 cm] long, inflorescence with 4 sheaths and a cluster [12 to 15] of filamenty white flowers resembling fireworks

This species requires a wood slat basket culture or tree fern with hot temperatures, partial shade and high humidity.

In Java the fruits of this species along with fruits [not necessarily all together] from Plocoglottis javanica, Hippeophyllum scortechnii; and Dendrobium crumenatum are boiled and the juice is applied into ones ears for an earache

Synonyms Bulbophyllum whiteanum (Rolfe) J.J. Sm. 1912; Cirrhopetalum caudatum Wight 1852; Cirrhopetalum stramineum Teijsm. & Binn 1862; *Cirrhopetalum vaginatum Lindl. 1830; Cirrhopetalum whiteanum Rolfe 1895; Phyllorchis vaginata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1953; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 4 1959; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 9 1970 as Cirrhopetalum vaginatum photo fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum caudatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 4 1983 as Cirrhopetalum vaginatum photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae 1983 as Cirrhopetalum vaginatum; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 2 1984 photo fide; Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfadden 1990; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia & Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat as Cirrhopetalum vaginatum 1992 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995, Living with Orchids In Sumatra Landau 1996 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; A to Z of SE Asian Orchids O'Byrne 2001; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo Verm O Byrne and Lamb 2015 drawing/photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide;