Bulbophyllum pygmaeum (Sm.) Lindl. 1830 SECTION Minutissima Pfitzer 1888

Side View of Flower

Flower Closesup

Photos by Bob Watson & Eric Scanlen and New Zealand Native Orchids Website


Common Name The Small Bulbophyllum - In New Zealand Piri-Piri

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in New Zealand and Stewart Island in coastal to montane forests on well lit lichen covered trunks and branches, occasionally seen on rocks as a mini-miniature sized, clump forming, warm to cool growing epiphtye or lithophyte with globose, wrinkled with age pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate to oblong, roughened surface above leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a basal, short, single flowered inflorescence and carries short lived flowers.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum ichthyostomum Colenso 1893 publ. 1894; *Dendrobium pygmaeum Sm. 1808; Ichthyostomum pygmaeum (Sm.) D.L.Jones, M.A.Clem. & Molloy 2002; Phyllorkis pygmaea (Sm.) Kuntze 1891;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 asIchthyostomum pygmaeum photo fide;