Bulbophyllum immobile Schlechter 1913 SECTION Codonosiphon Schlechter 1913

Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Photo By Mrs. Ralph Levy Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Fred Rindisbacher

Common Name The Unmovable Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Papua New Guinea on branches of primary forest trees at elevations around 200 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with squat, elliptic-conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, sub-coriaceous, elliptic-ligulate, minutely apiculate leaf that is narrowly subpetiolate below that blooms in the winter on a basal, erect, shorter than the leaf, 1/8" [3 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on mature psuedobulbs.

It is very similar to B cruciatum but differs in the flowers being quite a bit smaller and petals of a different shape. It is often considered to be synomonous with B immobile and if true then Bulbophyllum cruciatum takes precedence.

SynonymsHapalochilus immobilis [Schlechter] Garay Hamer & purple> Siegerist 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1985 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Hapalochilus immobilis;