Bulbophyllum yoksunense J.J.Sm.1912 SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861

Flower close up

Photo by Egon Krogsgaard


Photo by The Bhutan Diversity Portal Website


Drawing by Pantling and the Swiss Orchid Foundation

Part Shade CoolCold LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Yoksun Bulbophyllum [Yoksam a village in Sikkim]

Flower Size .2" [5mm] wide

Found in Nepal, the eastern Himalayas, Myanmar and Malaysia? in subtropical mixed forests at elevations around 1800 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with 1.8 to 3.6" [4.5 to 9 cm] between each cylindric, narrowing above and curved pseudobulb enveloped below by white sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, obtuse, narrowing below into the sessile to shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, 1" [2.5 cm] long, 6 to 12 flowered, racemose to sub-umbellate inflorescence arising through the sheath and holding the flowers at the apex in a loose umbel.

CAUTION!! Often cited as synomonous with B emarginatum, I have left them separate for now. B yoksunense differs from B emarginatum in having smaller and a larger number [6 to 12] of rose colored flowers that occur in the late summer and early fall.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum brachypodum A.S.Rao & N.P.Balakr.1969; Bulbophyllum brachypodum var. parviflorum Rao & N.P.Balakr. 1969; Bulbophyllum yoksunense var. parviflorum (Rao & N.P.Balakr.) Bennet 1983; Cirrhopetalum brevipes Hook.f. 1896; Phyllorkis brevipes (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1891 as Cirrhopetalum brevipes drawing good; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cirrhopetalum brevipes drawing good; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing good; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan Vol 2 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 NO 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum brevipes; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China 25: 404440. 2009 as syn of B emarginatum