Bulbophyllum tumidum J.J.Verm. 1991 SECTION Brachypus Schlechter 1913

TYPE Drawing Photo/TYPE Drawing by J J Vermeullen 1991

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Swollen Bulbophyllum [refers to the thick set appearance of the plant]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in very open dry montane forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with .16 to .24" [.4 to .6 cm] between each ovoid, not to hardly flattened, dull dark green pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, thick, elliptic, medium green, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, .28 to .44" [.7 to 1.1 cm] long overall, peduncle .042" [.15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-fragrant flowers with whitish sepals suffused with pale purple towards the apex and with purple veins towards the base, transluscent petals that are purple spotted towards the apex, and a white lip with purple along the margins.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchids of Borneo Vol 2 Vermuellen 1991 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994;