Bulbophyllum xizangense J.D. Ya & C. Liu 2021 -A & B. Plant C. Inflorescence; D. Flower (polar view, lateral view, dorsal view); E. Abaxial sepals and petals; F. Adaxial sepals and petals; G. Column and lip; H. Column lateral view, front view); I. Lip (front view, lateral view, dorsal view); J. Anther cap; K. Pollinarium. SECTION Desmosanthes [Bl.] J.J. Sm. 1933

LCDP Photo by Ji Dong Ya

Common Name The Xizang Bulbophyllum [A Chinese province formerly known as Tibet]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Xizang [Tibet] province of China on the margin of evergreen broadleaved forests at elevations of 1400 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome enveloped by membraneous, tubular sheaths with .12" [.3 cm] between each, ovoid conic to ovoid-oblong pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, narrowly lanceolate, leathery, acute apically, subsessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, erect, peduncle provided with 2 to 4 sterile bracts, shorter than the pseudobulbs, .16" [4 mm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with ovoid, membraneous, acuminate, concave, longer than the ovary floral bracts and holding the flowers in an apical umbel.

"B. xizangense is similar to Bulbophyllum rubrolabellum T.P. Lin and Bulbophyllum tengchongense Z.H. Tsi in floral morphology, but can be distinguished from the former by having narrow lanceolate (vs. oblong) leaves, greenish-yellow (vs. whitish-yellow) flowers, falcate-ovoid (vs. ovate) lateral sepals, a lip with 3 keels (vs. without keels) at the base, and from the latter by having narrow lanceolate leaves (vs. oblong), inflorescence ca. 4.0 mm long and 13 flowered (vs. ca. 13 mm long and 4- or 5-flowered), falcate-ovate lateral sepals (vs. ovate-lanceolate), a lip with small lateral lobes and 3 keels at the base (vs. without small lateral lobes and keels)." Ji-Dong Ya etal 2021


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *New contributions to goodyerinae and dendrobiinae (orchidaceae) in the Flora of China Ji-Dong Ya, Ting Zhang, Tirtha Raj Pandey, Cheng Liu, Zhou-Dong Han, De-PingYe, De-Ming He, Qiang Liu, Lan Yang, Li Huang, Rong-Zhen Zhang, HongJiang, and Jie Cai 2021 Photo fide;