Bulbophyllum purpureum Thwaites 1861 SECTION Brachystachyae Benth. & Hook. f. 1883

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

Full shade Warm Cool EARLY Fall AGAIN EARLY Winter

Common Name The Purple Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in wet evergreen forests at elevations of 500 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with close set, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, thick, obtuse, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early fall and again in the early winter on an erect, peduncle .92" [2.3 cm] long, filiform, few flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, acute, single veined floral bracts and holding the purple flowers with dark purple veins in an apical, loose umbel.

Synonyms Phyllorkis trimenii (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Living with Orchids in Sumatra Landau 1996 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001;