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)

Zambia: 16 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
cochleatum Lindl. WNw
elliotii RolfeN,W,CNw,N,E,CDescription, Image
encephalodes Summerh.WNwDescription
expallidum J.J.Verm. N,W,CImage
fuscum Lindl. var. melinostachyum (Schltr.) J.J. Verm.N,WNw,Cb,NDescription, Image
gravidum Lindl. WNw
injoloense De Wild. subsp. pseudoxypterum (J.J.Verm.) J.J.Verm. N,WNw,NDescription
intertextum Lindl.WNwDescription, Image
josephi (Kuntze) Summerh.WNw,McDescription, Image
lupulinum Lindl. WNw
maximum (Lindl.) Rchb. f.W,CNw,LkDescription, Image
oreonastes Rchb.f. WNw,Cb
rugosibulbum Summerh. WNwDescription, Image
sandersonii (Hook. f.) Rchb. f. subsp. sandersonii N,C,ELp,N,E,CDescription, Image
scaberulum (Rolfe) BolusN,W,CNw,N,CDescription, Image
unifoliatum De Wild. subsp. unifoliatum WCb

Other sources of information about Bulbophyllum:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Bulbophyllum
Flora of Malawi: Bulbophyllum
Flora of Mozambique: Bulbophyllum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Bulbophyllum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bulbophyllum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bulbophyllum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bulbophyllum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bulbophyllum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Bulbophyllum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bulbophyllum
JSTOR Plant Science: Bulbophyllum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbophyllum
Plants of the World Online: Bulbophyllum
Tropicos: Bulbophyllum
Wikipedia: Bulbophyllum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Bulbophyllum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=433, retrieved 4 March 2024

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