Bulbophyllum forrestii Seidenf. 1973 publ. 1974 SECTION Cirrhopetalum [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861

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Flower Closeup

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Common Name Forrest's Bulbophyllum - In China Jian Jiao Juan Ban Lan

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in southern Yunnan province of China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and India in montane forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, unifoliate epiphyte with garlic clove-like pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, petiolate leaf that blooms in the spring on a basal, 3 1/4" [8 cm] long, several flowered, umbellate inflorescence holding the flowers at mid-leaf.

This species and B hellenae are very similar but differ mostly in the erose dorsal sepal found in B hellenae and the entire margin dorsal sepal of B forrestii

Synonyms Cirrhopetalum aemulum W.W. Sm. 1921; Rhytionanthos aemulus [W.W.Sm.] Garay, Hamer & Siegrist 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand VIII Bulbophyllum Thou Seidenfaden 1979 drawing fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as Cirrhopetalum forrestii photo not; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 photo ok; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide as Bulbophyllum forestii; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 10 2001 as Bulbophyllum aemulum photo fide; Orchids Of India II Biodiversity & Status of Bulbophyllum Thou Augustine & Kumar 2001 as Rhytionantos aemulum; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District, Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 drawing fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 as Rhytionanthos aemolum photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Rhytionanthos aemulum photo fide; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 as Rhytionanthe aemuelum; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as Rhytionanthos aemolum photo fide; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov1 , Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Rhytionanthe aemulum; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2008 photo fide as B forestii; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok?; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos hmm; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; Wulfenia 22 [2015]: 137 - 188 New Orchids in the Flora of Vietnam Averyanov, Nguyen, Tich, Nguyen, Nong, Nguyen and Xuan photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;