Bulbophyllum rolfei (Kuntze) Seidenf. 1979 SECTION Brachyantha Rchb.f 1861 Photo by Egon Krogsgaard and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Drawing as Cirrhopetalum parvulum

By R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shadeCold LATERSummer

Common Name Rolfe's Bulbophyllum [Taxomonist at Kew early 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.35 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, Sikkim, the eastern Himalayas and Nepal at elevations around 2000 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with sometimes touching, sometimes 1/4 to 1/2" [8 to 1.25 cm] between each ovoid pseudobulb carrying a single, narrowly elliptic, subacute, narrowing towards the base, sessile leaf that blooms in the later summer on a erect, slender, 1 to 1.5" [2.5 to 3.75 cm] long, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, equal to the ovary in length floral bracts.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum dyerianum (King & Pantl.) Seidenf. 1973 publ. 1974; Bulbophyllum parvulum (Hook.f.) J.J.Sm. 1912; Cirrhopetalum dyerianum King & Pantl. 1895; Cirrhopetalum parvulum Hook.f. 1890; *Phyllorkis rolfei Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones 21 Hooker 1891 as Cirrhopetalum parvulum drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cirrhopetalum parvulum drawing fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 as B dyerianaum drawing ok; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing good; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as B dyerianum drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2008 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;