Bulbophyllum retrorsum J.J.Verm. & A.L.Lamb 2008 SECTION Brachystachyae Benth. & Hook. f. 1883

Plant in situ Borneo

Photos by Tom Ballinger and his Flickr Orchid Photo website

Fragrant Part Shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Retrose Bulbophyllum [refers to the transverse backward turned ridge near the base of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Malaysia and Sabah Borneo in low and open, stunted Dacrydium-Leptospermum forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with .28" [.7 cm] between each, ovoid, medium green suffused with purplish red pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, somewhat glaucous green, often purple suffused leaves that blooms in the fall on a pendent, 1" [2.5 cm] long, dense, to 18 flowered inflorescence with a slightly thickened rachis and carrying non-resupinate, spirally arranged flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 1 2008 photo ok/drawing good; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawings good/ photo ok; A Guide to the Orchids of Kinabalu Wood 2013 photo good; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photo/drawing fide ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------