Bulbophyllum tollenoniferum J.J. Sm. 1912 SECTION Sestochilos [Breda] Benth & Hook.f. 1883

Side View Of Flower

Photos by Dustin Dorton


Common Name

Flower Size 1 3/4" to 2 1/4" [4.5 to 5.5 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in lowland rainforests as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte on branches at the edge of the forest or on the lower trunks of large trees at elevations of 40 to 1200 meters with a thick, woody, bristle covered rhizome with 2" [5 cm] between each ovoid to cylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a ring of bristles and carrying a single, apical, oblong, channeled into a terete petiole basally, leathery, green to yellow green leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a slender, arising from the rhizome between the pseudobulbs, a 1 1/8" to 3 5/8" [3 to 9 cm] long, inflorescence with 5 basal overlapping sheathing bracts giving rise to a solitary, fragrant [sweet honey], short lived [1 to 3 days] flower that has a moveable labellum.

A cool to hot growing species that needs a large mount, partial shade and constant moisture.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide ; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1991 drawing fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001;