Bulbophyllum rigidifilum J.J.Sm. 1920 SECTION Epicranthes (Bl.) Hook.f.

From Beneath the lip

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Mr. Azman Bainuri and the Wild Orchids in Sumatra Website

Part shade Warm Cool Winter

Common Name The Rigid Thread Bulbophyllum [refers to the petal appendages]

Flower Size

Found in western Sumatra in as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with unequally quadrangular, concave sided pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, rigid, fleshy, minutely spotted with brown beneath, dull mdark green tinted purple above, oblong-elliptic, narrowly obtuse leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, rigid, delicate, 18" [45 cm] long, distichous, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Schlechter states that the flowers are whitish and striated with red, the petals are dark red, the lip is brown red and the column is yellow

Synonyms Epicranthes rigidifilum (J.J.Sm.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Botanisk Tidsskrift Bild 70 Hft 1 Contributions to the flora of Thailand VI Seidenfaden 1975; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015