Bulbophyllum pipio Rchb.f 1876 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Photo by Francisco Perez-Vera Ivory Coast

Inflorescence and plant Cameroon


Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Fragrance Full ShadeHotWarmFall

Common Name or Meaning

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon in mangrove and lowland forests as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with 1/4 to 1/2" [.5 to 1.25 cm] between each, ovoid, slightly compressed, obtusely 3 to 4 angled pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolate to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, erect, terete, glabrous, .4 to 2.6" [1 to 6.5 cm] long, 4 to 25 flowered inflorescence with fragrant or not, simultaneously opening or not flowers

Synonyms Bulbophyllum milesii Summerh. 1935 ; Phyllorchis pipio (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1881 drawing;Orchid Monographs Vol 2 - A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Vermeullen 1987 photo/drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 as B linderi photo/drawing fide; Orchidaceae Of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko, Ejsmont, Baranow, Grochocka, Nowak, Margonska and Naczk 2015 drawing good