Bulbophyllum weddelii [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864 SECTION Xiphizusa Rchb.f. 1852

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Plant and habitat - Morro Do Chappel- Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil elevation 500 meters

Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Weddel's Bulbophyllum [English Plant Collector Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo, Rio de Janiero and Minas Gerais states of Brazil and in Bolivia at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters, as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing, unifoliate epiphyte with egg-shaped, 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, rigidly fleshy, oblong, obtuse leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a basal, slender, 12" [30 cm] long, erect many flowered inflorescence that holds the 6" [15 cm] long, pendant rachis with the densely many, successively opening flowers held above the leaves.

I have found this orchid in Minas Gerais growing on bare rocks in full sun [See photo]as well as on mossy rocks in heavy shade.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum bolivianum Schltr. 1922; *Didactyle weddelii Lindley 1852; Phyllorchis weddellii (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Xiphizusa weddelii Rchb. f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 10 2001 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 photo fide; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing/photo fide; Orchidees du Bresil, As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo, Espirito Santo Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide