Bulbophyllum petiolare Thwaites 1861 SECTION Brachystachyae Benth. & Hook. f. 1883 Photo by Imaduwa Priyadarshana

Plant and Flowers

Plant and Flowers Photos by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website. Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the JanyRenz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool LATE Summer EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Petiolate Bulbophyllum [refers to the elongate, wiry petiole of the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in submontane to tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations under 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with close-set, chain-like, horizontal elongated, pea shaped pseudobulbs basally encircled by evanescent sheaths leaving a ring of hairs and carrying a single, apical, lanceolate, obtuse, elongate, wiry, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through early fall on an erect, slender, 1 to 3" [2.5 to 7.5 cm] long, fasciles of 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, acute, single veined floral bracts and carrying greenish orange flowers with a red lip.

Synonyms Phyllorkis petiolaris (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001;