Bulbophyllum trichocephalum (Schltr.) T. Tang & F.T. Wang 1951 SECTION Desmosanthes [Bl.] J.J. Sm. 1933

Photos by Patricia Harding


Photo courtesy of Tropical Orchid Farm

Another Color Form

Common Name The Hairy-Headed Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found from eastern Himalayas, Assam, Thailand, China at altitudes around 800 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with tubular shaped, rugose psuedobulbs carrying a single apical, broadly linear, petiolate leaf that blooms in the spring in the a slender, basal, 1 5/8" [4 cm] long inflorescence with 3 solitary acuminate bracts and carrying a cluster of several to many apical flowers. This species is similar to B. odoratissimum.

Often cited as a synonym of B odoratissimum, I await more info, they seem very clsoe

Synonyms *Cirrhopetalum trichocephalum Schltr. 1919

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing good; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo good; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China 25: 404440. 2009