Bulbophyllum tripaleum Seidenf. 1979 SECTION Lemniscata Pfitz 1889

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Manorot Tangsaveepha Copyright , and the Butterfly and Orchids Photo Gallery

Common Name The Three Palae Bulbophyllum [refers to the three elongated palae that hang from each of the the sepals]

Flower Size .08" x .4" [2 mm x 1 cm]

Found only in Thailand in seasonal deciduous forests at elevations around 1260 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with close-set, squat, nearly globular to conical ovoid, dark green pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by a basal sheath that with age breaks up into a polygonal pattern and carries 2 apical, suberect to slightly spreading, deciduous, fleshy, thinly leathery, broadly lanceolate, acute, obtuse to rounded, sessile base leaves that blooms in the spring after leaf fall, on a thin, basal, ascending to erect peduncle, 1.2" to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, light green, rachis pendent, inflorescence with a dense head of many apical, simultaneously opening flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 as B lemniscatum pg 415 fig 312 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo good; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide