Bulbophyllum sikkimense (King & Pantl.) J.J. Sm. 1912 SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861

Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Adriane Aguileras.


Common Name The Sikkim Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 2/4" [2 cm]

Found in the foothills of Sikkim at elevations around 300 to 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte that has small squat ovate psuedobulbs that give rise in the spring to an erect, basal, bracteate, 2" [5 cm] long, 10 to 12 flowered, umbellate inflorescence that is equal to the length of the leaves.

Best kept in a pot or basket, given partial shade and regular water and fertilizer to flower well.

Cited as a synonym of Bulbophyllum roxburghii but there are some visual differences, so I will keep them apart until I have further data.

Synonyms *Cirrhopetalum sikkimense King & Pantling 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cirrhopetalum sikkimense drawing fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawings good; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 as Cirrhopetalum sikkimense photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983 as Cirrhopetalum sikkimense photo fide; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 as Cirrhopetalum sikkimense; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Cirrhopetalum sikkimense; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Cirrhopetalum sikkimense drawing ok;