Bulbophyllum pandanetorum Summerh. 1953 publ. 1954 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Drawing by Vermeullen

Full Shade HotWarmLATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning The Pandanus Loving Bulbophyllum [A tree of western Africa]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Gabon in lowland forests on Pandanus trees as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with to 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] between each, ovoid to ellipsoid, slightly flattened, 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, oblique, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, gradually narrowing into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a basal, erect, glabrous, peduncle to 4.8 to 9.4" [12 to 23.5 cm] long, 19 to 22 scaled, rachis erect, swollen, 4 angled, 2 concave sides from which the flowers arise, only zigzag bent towards the apex, edges sharp, straight, irregularily dentate, glabrous, lax, 8 to 12.4" [20 to 31 cm] long overall, 8 to 16 flowered inflorescence with recurved to spreading, distinctly concave floral bracts and carrying distichous red flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 drawing; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing ok