Bulbophyllum roxburghii (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1861 SECTION Cirrhopetaloides Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994

Photo by Patricia Harding

Plant and Flower

Photo by David Bealer

Part shadeHot SpringSummer

Common Name Roxburgh's Bulbophyllum [Director of Calcutta Botanic Garden early 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Assam India, Sikkim and the eastern Himalayas in tropical valleys at elevations around 300 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphytic species with .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] between each subglobose pseudobulb enveloped basally by fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, linear-oblong, obtuse, obliquely emarginate, sessile to shortly petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring through summer on an erect, basal, to 8" [20 cm] long, slender, bracteate, 5 to 12 flowered inflorescence that exceeds the heigth of the leaves and has an apical umbel of flowers.

Best grown in baskets or pots and given hot temperatures and partial shade, good air movement, and moderate water and fertilizer.

Synonyms Aerides radiatum Roxb ex Lindley 1830; Cirrhopetalum roxburghii Lindl. 1830; Phyllorchis roxburghii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1891 as Cirrhopetalum roxburgii drawing ok; *Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing good; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum roxburgii; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983 as Cirrhopetalum roxburgjii; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 photo fide;Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 as Cirrhopetalum roxburghii; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Cirrhopetalum roxburghii; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Cirrhopetalum roxburgii; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #1 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide;