`SECTION Imitatores J.J.Verm. , Schuit. & de Vogel 2014

TYPE = Bulbophyllum imitator J J Verm. 1992

This section has patent rhizomes giving rise to distinct to minuite pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, persistent leaf that blooms on a subumbellate to elongated, 1 to many flowered, racemose inflorescence carrying resupinate flowers with usually not amplexicaul floral bracts and the basal node of the pedicel is above the attachment of the floral bract. The sepals are free, almost equal, and usually 3 veined. The petals have from 1 to 3 veins. The undivided mobile lip is on a thin ligament. The column has the anterior surface of the rostellum about level with the apices of the stelida or receding in between these. The stigma is not proximally protruding. The stelida are shorter than the column. The anterior surface of the anther is not concave and the anterior margin is not drawn out, except B glaucum which has a small triangular beak. There are 2 or 4 pollina.

This section is most similar to SECTION Macrouris Schlecter 1913, but the proximal edge of the stigma does not protrude from the column face.

There are 4 species in this section occuring in montane forests at elevations up to 2800 meters in New Guinea and the western Pacific islands

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 desmotrichoides Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  2. Bulbophyllum dichotomum J.J.Sm. 1908 New Guinea, Solomons and Vanuatu

  3. *Bulbophyllum glaucum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  4. *!Bulbophyllum imitator J.J.Verm. 1992 Papua New Guinea

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; *Phytotaxa 166 (2): 101113 J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014