Bulbophyllum scariosum Summerh. 1953 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Photo by Marcel Lecoufle


Drawing by Vermeullen


Common Name The Scarious Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and the Gulf of Guinea Islands in montane forests at elevations up to 1000 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a wiry rhizome with .8 to 1.2" [2 to 4.6 cm] between each narrowly ovoid, slightly flattened, 4 to 5 angled, pale yellowish green pseudobulb carrying 2, apical, light green, narrowly lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, rounded apically, emarginate, oblique, coriaceous, rather thick, midrib prominent abaxially, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late suumer through spring on an erect, 1.72 to 6.2" [4.3 to 15.5 cm] long, glabrous, with 10 to 19 tubular, acuminate, membraneous bracts, rachis arching to nodding, not or hardly swollen, zig zag, bent towards the tip, glabrous, .48 to 2.2" [1.2 to 5.5 cm] long, 4 angled in cross-section, with 2 slightly concave sides from which the flowers arise, edges sharp, entire, many simultaneously open, rather laxly 2 to 8 flowered inflorescence that is 2.2 to 8" [5.5 to 20 cm] long overall, with spreading, slightly concave, membraneous, triangular to deltoid acuminate, rather broad base, straw yellow floral bracts and carrying distichous, not fully open flowers with white tepals and a white, yellow or orage lip


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide