Bulbophyllum parvum Summerh. 1957 SECTION Megaclinium G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep.

Drawing by Vermeullen

Common Name The Small Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Sierra Leone on dead tree amongst lichens at elevations around 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a very short rhizome with .08 to .12" [2 to 4 mm] between each orbicular, slightly flattened, very obliquely 4 angled pseudobulb carrying 2, apical, elliptic to broadly oblong, rounded apically, emarginate, not oblique, coriaceous, very thick, midrib not prominent abaxially, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, sturdy, swollen towards the apex, .32 to .44" [.8 to 1.1 cm] long, glabrous, with 5 tubular, acute to acuminate, membraneous bracts, rachis erect, swollen, slightly flattened below the attachment of the flowers, spindle shaped, .16 to .24" [.4 to .6 cm] long many open simultaneously, secund 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence that is .48 to .64" [1.2 to 1.6 cm] long overall, with recurved to spreading, acute to acuminate, membraneous floral bracts and carrying distichous, purple flowers that do not open well.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide;