Bulbophyllum rupicola Barb Rodr. 1911 SECTION Micranthae Barb Rodr. 1882

Photo by Patricia Harding

Plant in situ Minas Gerais Brazil

Photo by Ismael Nilton Vischi

Full shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Rock-Growing Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .32" [.8 cm]

Found in Goias, Serra do Caldas, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo states of Brazil as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing lithophyte on exposed rocks and rarely as an epiphyte on mossy branches with a creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to close set, ovoid to globose, subtetragonal, shiny pseudobulbs carrying a single, erect, leathery, rigid, narrowly elliptic, semi-terete, deeply sulcate, acute, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an upright, arching to descending, laterally from the base, to 6.4" [to 16 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Pabst & Dungs 1976 drawing ok; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide