Bulbophyllum sasakii (Hayata) J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014 SECTION Ione [Lindley] J J Verm Schuit & de Vogel 2014

Plant and Flowers in situ in Taiwan

Photos by 89sky.net Blog

Another Flower

Another Flower with plant in background

Photos courtesy of Woon Leng Nursery and their Orchid Website

Deep shadeWarm TO CoolSummer

Common Name Sasaki's Bulbophyllum [Taiwanese Female Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Taiwan near Mt. Arisan and often cited as a synonym of Sunupia andersonii. I can assure you that I have checked this out. Jaap Vermeullen at Leiden has seen and verified. The flower is fairly unique and is very easy to distinguish as something new and not even approximate to Sunupia andersonii. What a great flower, little information available. This miniature sized, orchid has elongate-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong-linear, round, shortly bilobulate, attenuate to the pseudobulb below leaf that blooms in the summer on a basal, erect, 1.2" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION The flowers that Jaap Vermuellen saw was The "Another Flower" photos above and even though they seem close to the first 2 it can be seen in the 4th photo that the pseudobulbs and leaf are definitely different so these may be 2 different species. In fact the 1st 2 photos where determined by the photographers to be S intermedia but that species has never been recorded for Taiwan. I await more references to make an informed determination.

Synonyms *Ione sasakii Hayata 1912; Sunipia sasakii (Hayata) P.F.Hunt 1971

References W3 Tropicos as Sunipia andersonii NOT!, Kew Monocot list , Right ! IPNI ; RIGHT!; *Icones plantarum formosanarum nec non et contributiones ad floram formosanam. 2: 139-140. Hayata 1912 RIGHT!;Botanisk Tidsskrift Bind 64 hefte 2-3 Notes on the Genus Ione Seidenfaden 1969 as Ione sasakii; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001 as Sunipia andersonii NOT!; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 as Sunipia andersonii photo not = Ione sasakii [Sunipia intermedia?] fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 as Sunipia intermedia photo fide; Phytotaxa 166 (2): 101113 J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014