FZ.33. Bulbophyllum Thouars


Vermeulen, J.J. (1987) A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Orchid Monographs Volume 2 E.J. Brill, Leiden-New York-Kopnhavn-Koln

Description of the genus

Epiphytic or lithophytic herbs with sympodial growth. Pseudobulbs with 1 node, borne on a creeping rhizome with 1-2(-3) leaves at the apex. Leaves usually thick and fleshy. Inflorescence a raceme or umbel (longiflorum), arising from base of pseudobulb. Rhachis sometimes thickened or flattened. Sepals usually free and subequal, the lateral fused to form an obscure mentum. Lip often much smaller than the sepals, hinged to end of column-foot, usually motile, often fleshy and tongue-like. Pollinia 2 or 4 in two pairs.

Worldwide: 1000 species in the tropics (many in Asia)

Malawi: 19 taxa.

Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
bavonis J.J. Verm.N
cochleatum Lindl. N
elliotii RolfeN,SDescription, Image
encephalodes Summerh.SDescription
expallidum J.J.Verm. NImage
fuscum Lindl. var. melinostachyum (Schltr.) J.J. Verm.N,C,SDescription, Image
gravidum Lindl. N,S
humblotii RolfeSDescription
intertextum Lindl.N,SDescription, Image
josephi (Kuntze) Summerh.N,SDescription, Image
longiflorum ThouarsN,SDescription, Image
maximum (Lindl.) Rchb. f.N,C,SDescription, Image
oreonastes Rchb.f. S
rugosibulbum Summerh. N,SDescription, Image
sandersonii (Hook. f.) Rchb. f. subsp. sandersonii N,C,SDescription, Image
scaberulum (Rolfe) BolusN,SDescription, Image
stolzii Schltr.N,S
unifoliatum De Wild. subsp. flectens (P.J. Cribb & Taylor) J.J. Verm.C
unifoliatum De Wild. subsp. infracarinatum (G. Will.) J.J. Verm.SDescription, Image

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Flora of Mozambique: Bulbophyllum
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Bulbophyllum

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bulbophyllum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bulbophyllum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bulbophyllum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bulbophyllum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bulbophyllum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Bulbophyllum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Bulbophyllum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=433, retrieved 7 July 2020

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