Bulbophyllum tortum Schltr. 1913 SECTION Sestochilos [Breda] Benth & Hook.f. 1883

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Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch, Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

B aff tortum - Color form?

Photo by Art Vogel


Common Name The Twisted Flower Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in rainforests as an epiphyte at elevations of 150 to 500 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a long, thick, creeping rhizome covered in brown bristles giving rise to large, erect, ovoid to oblong, green, smooth in youth and rugose with age pseuodbulbs that are enveloped basally by a ring of brown bristles and having 2 to 6" between each pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, oblong to elliptic, obtuse to retuse, petiolate, stiff, thick and leathery leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall a single flowered, basal, 4" [10 cm] long inflorescence with 5 papery brown sheathing bracts giving rise to a waxy, not opening well, upward facing, slightly scented flower that has a goblet appearance with the column in the middle.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1991 drawing fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide;