Bulbophyllum shepherdi [F. Muell.] Rchb.f 1871 SECTION Oxysepala Bentham & J D Hook.f. 1883

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Photos courtesy of Tony Watkinson and the Western Australia Orchid Society, plant grown by Ken Gorey

Common Name Shephard's Bulbophyllum [Australian collector of species 1800's] - In Australia The Wheat Leafed Rope Orchid

Flower Size .18 to .2" [.4 to .5 cm]

Found in Queensland and New South Wales Australia at elevations of 5 to 1000 meters in rainforests on trees and rocks as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with branching stems carrying well spaced, ovoid, slightly compressed, yellow-green to dark green, naked pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, stalkless, fleshy, deeply and broadly grooved, pale to dark green leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on .2 to .28" [5 to 9 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Dendrobium shepherdii F.Muell. 1859; Oxysepala shepherdii (F.Muell.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002; Papulipetalum nematopodum (F.Muell.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Phyllorchis shepherdii (F.Muell.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Genera in Thailand Vol VIII Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfaden 1990; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 2 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Oxysepala shepherdii photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide