Bulbophyllum quadrialatum H.Perrier 1939 SECTION Ploiarium Schlechter 1925


Plant and Flower

Photos by © Pichit Srihapoompijit

deep Shade Cool LATERSpring

Common Name or Meaning The 4 Winged Bulbophyllum [refers to the pseudobulbs that have 4 thin longitudinal wings]

Flower Size tiny

Found in northern Madagascar in mossy forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with 1.2 to 1.6” [3 to 4 cm] between each, elliptical to ovate conical, 4 thin winged, yeellow turning black when dried pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, narrowly elliptical obtuse apically, shortly contracted below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, peduncle .8 to 1.2” [2 to 3 cm] long, enveloped completely by 3 to 4, wide, scarious-thin, very loose, subtruncate basally, more closely set towards the apex, bracts, shorter than the leaves, 2 to 3.2” [5 to 8 cm] long, rachis thinner than the peduncle, several flowered inflorescence with obtuse, like a swallow’s nest,

CAUTION!!! I have no way of personally verifying this determination which has a longer than the pseudobulb and leaves inflorescence so is not an ideal fit for the decription of this orchid. PLEASE USE WITH CAUTION!!!


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