Bulbophyllum sphaericum Z.H.Tsi & H.Li 1981 SECTION Brachyantha Rchb.f 1861

Photo by Gast [Christian] and The European Orchid Forum Website

Full shade Warm CoolSummer

Common Name The Spherical Bulbophyllum - China Qui jing juan ban lan

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China in evergreen broad-leaved forests without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping, branching rhizome with .4" [1 cm] between each globose pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, thickly leathery, elliptic-oblong, abaxially purplish red, adaxially pale green, margin slightly recurved, retuse apically, sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, basal from the pseudobulb, much longer than the leaf, 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence holding the flowers in an apical umbel.

Synonyms Rhytionanthos sphaericum (Z.H.Tsi & H.Li) Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;