Bulbophyllum schillerianum Rchb.f. 1860 SECTION Oxysepala Bentham & J D Hook.f. 1883

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

Common Name Schiller's Bulbophyllum [German Orchid Enthusiast 1800's] - In Australia The Red Rope Orchid

Flower Size 3/8" or less [less than 1 cm]

Endemic to Queensland and New South Wales Australia in mangrove swamps up to elevations of 100 to 1250 meters as a pendant, unifoliate, miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with 1" [2.5 cm] between each, insignificant, globular to ovoid to cylindrical pseudobulb carrying a single, thick, succulent, minutely punctate, short lanceolate to long oblong, acute, shallowly sulcate, flat and thin to subterte to long, straight to curved leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on many, very short .12 to .16" [.3 to .4 cm], stubby, fasciculate inflorescence with the flowers held close to the the rhizome.

This species is best mounted to accomodate the pendant growth habit and needs hot to warm temperatures, high humidity and good air circulation to grow well.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum aurantiacum F. Muell. 1862; Bulbophyllum aurantiacum var. wattsii F.M.Bailey 1913; Bulbophyllum aurantiacum var. wuttsii F.M.Bailey 1913; Dendrobium aurantiacum [F Mueller] F. Meuller 1870; Dendrobium shepherdii Mueller var platyphyllum Muell.; Diphyes schilleriana (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Rutk. 2008; Oxysepala schilleriana (Rchb.f.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002; Oxysepala schilleriana subsp. maritima D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2006; Phyllorchis aurantiaca [f Mueller] Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of New South Wales Rupp 1969 as B aurantiacum; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as B aurantiacum drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 2 2003 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Oxysepala schilleriana photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Oxysepala schilleriana sbsp maritima photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide