Bulbophyllum rigidum King & Pantl. 1895 SECTION Brachystachyae Benth. & Hook. f. 1883

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

Part shadeWarmCoolSummer

Common Name The Rigid Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .3" [8mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Assam India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim in evergreen temperate forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic species with a rhizome enveloped by fibrous sheaths and giving rise to a single, apical, ovate-elliptic, subacute to obtuse, narrowing basally into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a basal from the rhizome, erect then to arcuate, stout, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, racemose, 7 to 20 flowered inflorescence with the non-resupinate flowers appearing in a helix pattern and held close to the inflorescence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001; Orchids of Bhitan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Thirty Two New Species of Bulbophyllum (Orchidaceae)from Sulawesi J.J. VERMEULEN 1 AND P. O’BYRNE Gard. Bulletin Singapore 60 (1): 73-153 2008; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide;