Bulbophyllum tenellum [Bl] Lindl. 1830 SECTION Macrocaulia (Bl.) Aver 1994

Plant and Flower

Photos by Bob Fallon Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Full shadeWarm

Common Name The Very Delicate Bead Necklace Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Java at elevations of 1000 to 1700 meters and often assigned as a synonym of B ovalifolium yet differs in a shorter inflorescence and the hairy sepal margins and is a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with unevenly oblong pseudobulbs with the apex turned upwards and carries a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, narrowing basally leaf that blooms on a basal, very thin, 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Diphyes tenella Blume 1825; Phyllorchis tenella (Blume) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Bolbophyllum tenellum; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermeullen 1991 as B ovalifolium; Orchid Genera of Thailand Vol Viii Bulbophyllum Thou. Seidenfaden 1992; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015