~Bulbophyllum purpureifolium Aver.1997 - See Bulbophyllum longibrachiatum Z.H.Tsi 1981 SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower

Photos by R Hromniak and A. Sieder and The Bulbophyllum A to Z Page


Common Name The Purple Leafed Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1.4"" [3.5 cm]

Found in Vietnam in open broad leafed, mixed and coniferous mossy forests at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a creeping, mini-miniature, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte that can become a giant plant to 1.5 meters long with 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] between each ovoid, rugose, enveloped basally by evanescent sheaths becoming fibrous with age and carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate, round apically unequally bilobed, abruptly narrowing below intothe elongate, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, basal, 9.8" [24 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb .

This species and B longibrachiatum are considered conspecific and as such B longibrachiatum takes preccedence as it was described first.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 10 1996 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 10 1996 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Slipper Orchids of Vietnam Averyanov, Cribb, Loc & Hiep 2003 photo fide;