Bulbophyllum protectum H.Perrier 1937 SECTION Ploiarium Schlechter 1925

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower

Flowering plant from Above

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Common Name The Protected Bulbophyllum [The flowers are held under the leaf]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found only in the humid, lowland, evergreen forest of eastern Madagascar at elevations around 700 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a zigzag branching rhizome with 2" [5 cm] between each, elliptic, slightly compressed pseudobulb enveloped completely by numerous, reddish, heavily veined, persistant sheaths and carrying 2 apical, broadly elliptic, concave leaves that are shortly attenuate-obtuse at both ends and blooms in the later spring and summer on a basal, 2" [5 cm] long, thick, yellow inflorescence mostly enveloped by 3 to 4 slender sheaths and floral bracts that cover half the glabrous flowers and all hidden beneath the incurved margins of the leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009;