Bulbophyllum appendiculatum [Rolfe] J.J.Sm. 1915 SECTION Cirrhopetaloides Garay, Hamer & Siegerist 1994

Flower Closeup

Closer Still Photos courtesy of Bob Fallon Copyright , Leslie Garay Archives

UNPLESANT 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 ;