Bulbophyllum reifii Sieder & Kiehn 2009 SECTION Ploiarium Schlechter 1925

Drawing by Perrier and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm Cool EARLY Summer

Common Name Reif's Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .32 to .36" [8 to 9 mm] long

Found in Madagascar in humid, mossy, evergreen forests at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] between each narrowly oblong, 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, lingulate, obtuse, gradually retracting towareds the base leaves that blooms innthe early summer on a thin, few bracted, peduncle 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, rachis thicker, .6 to 1.08" [1.5 to 2.7 cm] long, 3 to 4.4" [7.5 to 11 cm] long overall, loosely, 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with very widely oval, subacute, concave floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers.

CAUTION For 85 years this orchid originally described by Schlechter as B rhizomatosum 1924 and found in Madagascar has searched for a species name that was valid. Ames in 1920 and Schlechter himself in 1923 had both used the name B rhizomatosum previously so this name was invalid. Kittridge described Bulbophyllum obtusilabium in 1985/86 and because of Schlechter's double use of the name B rhizomatosum it was put forward as a valid name for this species but Kittridge was describing a plant from Papua New Guinea [Now validly B macranthoides] which also has a synonym named B rhizomatosum described by Schlechter in 1923 so it is invalid as well. In 2009 Anton Seider and Mr Kiehn renamed B rhizomatosum Schltr. 1924 as B reifii and so it is today. Also all references attributed to B obsusilabium occuring in Madagascar are in error as it is found in Papua New Guinea and now is refered to as B macranthoides.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum rhizomatosum Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as B rhizomatosum drawing fide in error see B reifii; Orchids of Madagascar Herman, Du Puy Cribb & Bosser 2007 as B obtusilabium in error; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 in error see B reifii;