Bulbophyllum appendiculatum [Rolfe] J.J.Sm. 1912 SECTION Cirrhopetaloides Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994

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UNPLEASANT FragranceWarm TO HotFall

Common Name The Appendage Bulbophyllum [refers to the apex of the dorsal sepal]

Flower Size 5" long [12.5 cm]

Found in northeastern India and Sikkim in hilly country as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with quadrangular, ovate, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying a single, thick, leathery, fleshy,elliptic to oblong to ovate, obtuse, minutely bilobed, shiny above, sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, erect, horizontal to descending, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with unpleasantly, musky scented flowers.

This orchid is a hot to warm growing epiphyte that requires light shade, good drainage, air circulation and high humidity.

This species is similar to Bulbophyllum putidum which has irregular lamellate palae, petals that are linear-oblong and a acute to subacuminate labellum, but M appendiculatum differs in being a less wide overall flower, the clavate cilia, narrowly triangular-lanceolate petals, and a roundish, obtuse labellum.

Synonyms ; *Cirrhopetalum appendiculatum Rolfe 1890; Mastigion appendiculatum (Rolfe) Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Mastigion appendiculata; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Mastigion appendiculatum drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as Bulbophyllum appendiculatum; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 3 2003 photo as Bulbophyllum appendiculatum; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Mastigion appendiculatum;