SECTION Cirrhopetaloides Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994

TYPE species = Bulbophyllum longissimum (Ridl.) J.J. Sm. 1912

Epiphytes with a creeping rhizome giving rise to pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, persistent leaf that blooms on a subumbellate, racemose inflorescence carrying resupinate flowers withtthe pedicel basal node not to slightly above the floral bract attachment. The dorsal sepal is free, 5 to 9 veined and the margins are entire to erose dentate, fimbriate with or without paleate fimbriae. The lateral sepals are 1.3 to 15 times as long as the dorsal, and are twisted towards the base so that the upper margins turn inward and are free, adherent or adanate along their upper margins, the margins are entire and glabrous. The petals are 3 to 5 veined and have the margins denticulate and fimbriate with or without paleate fimbriae. The undivided, mobile lip is on a thin ligament. The column has a stigma that proximally is not protruding. The stelida are usually shorter than 1/2 the length of the column and usually with a tooth or wing along the upper or lower margin. The anterior suface of the anther is slightly concave or not and the anterior margin is not to hardly drawn out and there are 4 pollina.

There are 19 or so species in this section confined to montane forests up to 1500 meters in elevation in India, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, penninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines.

Entries below with an asterix are listed in publications by J J Vermeullen and so are more likely correct than ones without. Species with a question mark in front, seem to me to not conform and so please use with caution.

  1. Bulbophyllum albociliatum (Tang S.Liu & H.Y.Su) K.Nakaj 1973


  2. *Bulbophyllum appendiculatum [Rolfe] J.J.Sm. 1915 northeastern India and Sikkim

  3. *Bulbophyllum bicolor Lindl.1830 southeastern China

  4. Bulbophyllum boninense (Schltr.) J.J. Sm. 1912 Bonin near Tokyo, Japan

  5. Bulbophyllum elliae Rchb.f. 1861 Sri Lanka

  6. *Bulbophyllum fascinator [Rolfe]Rolfe 1908 peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines

  7. Bulbophyllum frostii Summerh.1928 Vietnam

  8. Bulbophyllum kuanwuense S.W.Chung & T.C.Hsu 2006 Taiwan

  9. *!Bulbophyllum longissimum (Ridl.) J.J. Sm. 1912 Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo and Malaysia

  10. Bulbophyllum melanoglossum Hayata 1914 Taiwan

  11. Bulbophyllum ornatissimum (Rchb. f.) J.J. Sm. 1912 Sikkim

  12. Bulbophyllum pingtungense S.S. Ying & C. Chen 1985 Taiwan

  13. *Bulbophyllum putidum [Teijsm. & Binn.]J.J.Sm. 1912 Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines

  14. Bulbophyllum roxburghii (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864 Assam India, Sikkim and the eastern Himalayas

  15. Bulbophyllum setaceum T.P. Lin 1975 Taiwan

  16. Bulbophyllum surigaense Ames & Quisumb. 1933 publ. 1934 Philippines

  17. Bulbophyllum taiwanense (Fukuy.) K.Nakaj. 1973 Taiwan

  18. Bulbophyllum thwaitesii Rchb.f. 1874 Sri Lanka

  19. Bulbophyllum trimenii (Hook.f.) J.J.Sm. 1912 Sri Lanka

  20. Bulbophyllum wendlandianum [Kraenzl]Dammer 1912 Myanmar and Thailand

  21. Bulbophyllum wightii Rchb.f. 1861 Sri Lanka

  22. Bulbophyllum yunxiaoense M.H.Li, J.F.Liu & S.P.Chen 2017 China

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos/drawing fide;