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

Drawing by Vermeullen


Common Name The Ground Crawling Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda and Zaire in montane forests at elevations of 1900 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an elongate wiry rhizome with 1 to 4.8" [ 2.5 to 12 cm] between each ovoid to narrowly ovoid, slightly flattened or not, 4 to 6 angled pseudobulb carrying 2 apical, narrowly lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, obtuse apically, emarginate, either oblique or not, coriaceous, thick, midrib slightly prominent abaxially, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect to patent, rather wiry, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, glabrous, with 5 tubular, acuminate, membraneous bracts, rachis slightly arching to nodding, terete, slightly zig zag, bent, glabrous, 1.4 to 2.8" [3.5 to 7 cm] long, laxly, many simultaneously open, 10 to 16 flowered inflorescence that is 3 to 4.8" [7.5 to 12 cm] long overall, with membraneous, ovate to ovate-oblonng, subacute, broadly based floral bract and carrying distichous, not fully open flowers with pale green to pale yellow tepals and a yellow lip. .


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