Bulbophyllum turpe J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2003 SECTION Rhinanthera J J Verm, Schuit. & de Vogel 2014

Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Die Orchidee Website

Part shade Cool Cold

Common Name

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia in the Cameron Highlands in very wet montane forests in moss pads at elevations of 1600 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with [1.12 to 1.4" 2.8 to 3.5 cm] between each ovoid, erect pseudobulb carrying a single, elliptic, acute leaf that blooms on an erect to patent, [23 to 28 cm] long, provided with about 7 bracts, rachis arching, [17 to 19 cm] long, rather dense, many simultaneously, 40 to 50 flowered inflorescence with triangular, subacute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying more or less resupinate, more or less secund, not fully opeing flowers.

Differs from B wrayi in having acute leaf apices and a distinct bifurcate tooth on the column foot.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Gard. Bull. Singapore 55: 1661 J J Verm & P O'Byrne 2003 as B turpis drawing fideOrchidee (Hamburg) 4(5)E: 32 Ong & O'Byrne 2018 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #3 2018 Photo fide