Bulbophyllum purpureofuscum J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014

SECTION Ione [Lindley] J J Verm Schuit & de Vogel 2014

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria


Drawing by R Pantling

Part shade Cool to Cold Fall

Common Name The Dark Purple Bulbophyllum- In China Yun Nan Sa Bao Lan

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal and Myanmar at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an elongate, creeping rhizome giving rise to ovoid-conical to obpyriform, rugose, bright green pseudobulbs that are 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] apart and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong to oblanceolate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, sheathed, glabrous, 8 to 10.8" " [20 to 27 cm] long, laxly 4 to 8 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, papery, acute, distichous, suberect floral bracts and carrying honey-scented flowers

Synonyms Bulbophyllum cirrhatum Hook.f. 1890; Bulbophyllum mishmeense Hook.f. 1890; Bulbophyllum paleaceum (Lindl.) Benth. & Hook.f. 1883; *Ione cirrhata Lindl.1853; Ione fuscopurpurea Lindl. 1853; Ione paleacea Lindl. 1853; Phyllorkis cirrhata (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorkis mishmeensis (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Phyllorkis paleacea (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Sunipia cirrhata (Lindl.) P.F.Hunt 1971; Sunipia fuscopurpurea (Lindl.) P.F.Hunt 1971; Sunipia paleacea (Lindl.) P.F.Hunt 1971

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones 21 Hooker 1890 as Bulbophyllum cirrhatum drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Ione palacea drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961 as I cf fuscopurpurea misid = B medioximum; Botanisk Tidsskrift Notes on the Genus Ione Seidenfaden 1969 as Ione cirrhata; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as Sunipia cirrhata drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991 as S paleacea; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 as Sunipia cirrhata photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as Ione cirrhata; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 as Ione cirrhata photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Ione cirrhata; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Sunipia cirrhata ; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Sunipia cirrhata photos fide; Phytotaxa 166 (2): 101113 J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;