Bulbophyllum suavissimum Rolfe 1889 SECTION Lemniscata Pfitz 1889

Photo by R Hromniak & A Sieder , and The Bulbophyllum Website


Plant and flower

Photos by Jo Levy Copyright , Leslie Garay Archives

Fragrance Part shadeWarm CoolWinter

Common Name The Mild Bulbophyllum - In China Zhi Ting Shi Dou Lan

Flower Size 1/3" [8 mm]

Found in southern Yunnan province of China, Thailand and Myanmar in evergreen broadleaved forests as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 900 to 1700 meters with ovoid-oblong, lumpy pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, deciduous, thin, narrowly oblanceolate leaf and blooming in the winter on a 10" [25 cm] long, decurved, sheathed inflorescence with pendant, fragrant musky scented flowers.

This plant requires high humidity and regular waterings as well as partial shade.

Synonyms Phyllorchis suavissima [Rolfe] Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; A Field Guide To The Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo good; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo okFlora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Nyan Tun Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo hmm;