Bulbophyllum cummingii [Lindl.]Rchb.f 1861 SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861

Flower Closeup

Photos courtesy of Bob Fallon Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives


Common Name Cumming's Bulbophyllum [British Orchid Collector Philippines 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Philippines and Sabah Borneo in lowland mixed forests on mangroves and in dry forest slopes as a miniature sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte at elevations of sealevel to 500 meters with 4 sided, ascending, oblong-ovoid, glossy pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, apically rounded, gradually narrowing below into the rigid, channeled petiolate base leaf and blooms on a basal, thin, wiry, red, 6" [15 cm] long, several [10 to 12] flowered, umbellate inflorescence with a few, erect bracts and linear-lanceolate, acute floral bracts all carrying fetid smelling flowers occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum amesianum [Rolfe]J.J.Sm. 1912; Bulbophyllum straminenum Ames 1915; Cirrhopetalum amesianum Rolfe 1891; *Cirrhopetalum cumingii Lindl. 1838; Cirrhopetalum stramineum Auct. non Teijsm & Binn 1934; Phyllorchis cumingii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cirrhopetalum amesianum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cirrhopetalum cummingii drawing good; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as B amesianum; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Cirrhopetalum cummingii; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 as Cirrhopetalum cummingii photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 as Cirrhopetalum amesianum photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide;