SECTION Megaclinium G A Fischer & J J Verm in prep.

Type: Bulbophyllum falcatum [Lindley]Rchb.f 1861

Characterized by being epiphytes or lithophytes usually with a creeping rhizome [B fayei is patent] giving rise to 1 to 3 leaved pseudobulbs that blooms on an elongate, racemose, 2 to many flowered inflorescence with distichous, resupinate to non resupinate flowers on a rachis that is usually thickened and flattened but sometimes not thickened and round in section, flowers along the midvein. The floral bracts are slightly shorter than the flowers that have free sepals, glabrous to hirsute abaxially the lip is mobile and undivided, with entire to denticulate to lacerate margins that are usually thick, soft and easy to compress. The anther is without an abaxial protrusion or with a rounded protrusion that may overlap the anterior margin . There are 4 pollina.

There are 19 species in this solely African section occuring in mangrove forests, savannah woodlands, plantations, lowland and montane forests at elevations up to 2300 meters.

Species with a * are absolutely correct, the others have not been verified so please use with caution!

  1. Bulbophyllum calyptratum Kraenzl. 1895 Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Zaire

  2. Bulbophyllum carnosilabium Summerh. 1953 publ. 1954 Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire

  3. Bulbophyllum colubrinum (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1861 Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Zaire and Angola

  4. Bulbophyllum curvimentatum J.J.Verm. 1984 Equatorial Guinea, Bioko and Sao Tome

  5. Bulbophyllum dolabriforme J.J.Verm. 1987 northwestern Nigeria

  6. *!Bulbophyllum falcatum [Lindley]Rchb.f 1861 Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Zaire and Uganda

  7. Bulbophyllum falcipetalum Lindl., 1862Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Cameroon and Gabon

  8. *Bulbophyllum fayi J.J.Verm. 1992 Central African Republic, Cameroon and Gabon

  9. Bulbophyllum imbricatum Lindl. 1841 Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo and Zaire

  10. Bulbophyllum injoloense De Wild. 1916 Zaire and Zambia

    Bulbophyllum leucorhachis (Rolfe) Schltr. 1905 Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast

  11. Bulbophyllum lizae J.J.Verm. 1984 Sao Tome Island

  12. Bulbophyllum magnibracteatum Summerh. 1935 Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Zaire

  13. Bulbophyllum maximum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1861 Found in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, togo, Liberia, Nigeria, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola

  14. Bulbophyllum parvum Summerh. 1957 Sierra Leone

  15. Bulbophyllum purpureorhachis (De Wild.) Schltr 1914 Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast and Zaire

  16. Bulbophyllum renkinianum (Laurent) De Wild. 1921 Gabon and Zaire

  17. Bulbophyllum resupinatum Ridley 1877 Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome, Sierra Leone and Zaire

  18. Bulbophyllum sandersonii (Hook.f.) Rchb.f. 1878 Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo Rwanda and Zaire

  19. Bulbophyllum sangae Schltr. 1905 Congo

  20. Bulbophyllum scaberulum (Rolfe) Bolus 1889 Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Zaire, Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cape Province and Natal South Africa

  21. Bulbophyllum sp. New Guinea

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014