Bulbophyllum ericssonii Kraenzl. 1893 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889

Photo by Jannette G. Harris

Flower Closeup

Photo by Zulkifli Md Isa and his Flicker Orchid Photo Website

Plant in situ in Malaysia

Common Name The Ericsson's Bulbophyllum

Flower Size to 5 1/2" [13.75 cm]

Found in the Malaysian pennisula, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Moluccas, Sulawesi and New Guinea at elevations around 760 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with 8" [20 cm] between each prominently furrowed, terete pseudobulb enveloped basally by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, tough, leathery, narrowed equally to the apex and the base, acute, narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a 12" [30 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence enveloped by 6 imbricating sheaths and carrying 6 to 8, foul smelling, not wide opening flowers held in a circle.

This species and B binnendijkii are said to be synomonous but there are several differences so I have left them separate for now.

CAUTION!!! Commonly found cited as B virescens in literature and the net, but recent research by J J vermuelen has shown that Kraenzlin's species is actually the same orchid as B virescens and it was published seven years earlier so B ericssonii takes precedence.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum binnendijkii J.J.Sm. 1905; Bulbophyllum virescens J.J. Sm. 1900; Cirrhopetalum leopardinum Teijsm. & Binn. 1862; Bulbophyllum maximum (Ridl.) Ridl. 1907; Bulbophyllum ridleyanum Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994; Cirrhopetalum maximum Ridl. 1900 ;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B ericssoni; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as B maximum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as B ericssonii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo JJ Wood & P J Cribb 1994 as B binnendjikii; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood Beaman etal 2001 as B binnendjikii; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 3 2009 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 as B virescens photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 8 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 as B virescens photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo Verm, O'Byrne & Lamb 2015 drawing/photo fide