Bulbophyllum thwaitesii Rchb.f. 1874 SECTION Cirrhopetaloides Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994


Photos by Imaduwa Priyadarshana


Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website.

Common Name Thwait's Bulbophyllum [English Botanist and Plant collector 1899's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 900 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with cylindrical-ovoid, canted at an angle, tapering towards the apex, ridged pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, stiff, narrowly elliptic, rounded apically, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on basal, erect, peduncle, 1 to 2.4" [2.5 to 6 cm] long, flexuous, red streaked, with 1 to 3 sterile, papery bracts, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, subacute to rounded, 5 veined floral bracts and carrying small flowers held in an apical umbel.

Synonyms Cirrhopetalum thwaitesii (Rchb.f.) Hook.f. 1890; Phyllorkis thwaitesii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001;