Bulbophyllum nigricans (Aver.) J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel SECTION Ione [Lindley] J J Verm Schuit & de Vogel 2014

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Leonid Averyanov and Vietnamese Creatures Website

Common Name The Black Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Yunnan province of China and Vietnam in primary and secondary evergreen broad-leaved forests and secondary woodlands on steep granite mountain slopes at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a creeping, rigid, dark gray rhizome with 6 to 10 close, broadly-ovate to sub-spherical, green with purple-brown tint, finely verrucose, later finely wrinkled pseudobulbs carrying a single, rigid, coriaceous, erect, oblong-lanceolate, conduplicate, slightly unequally bilobed at apex leaf that blooms in the spring on a basal to 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long overall, rigid, peduncle 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, sparsely 15 to 22 flowered inflorescence with yellowish, narrowly-cuneate, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, wide open, somewhat unpleasantly scented flowers.

"From all known representatives of the SECTION Ione [Lindley] J J Verm Schuit & de Vogel 2014 , our plant strikingly differs in alone common unbranched pollinarium stipe terminated with 4 pyriform or spherical solid pollinia. According to this feature the described species occupies an obviously isolated taxonomical position in the section.

Synonyms Sunipia nigricans Aver. 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Taiwania 52: 302 Averyanov 2007 as Sunipia nigricans photo/drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 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;