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Bulbophyllum cirrhoglossum

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chris.c147, Jan 11, 2018.

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  1. Chris.c147

    Chris.c147 Well-Known Member

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    I am uncertain of the identification of this species. The flowers do not correspond with what is pictured on IOSPE. The flowers on this particular plant have yellow bulbs on the end of the lip appearing almost spherical.

    Blooms arise on a basal, 6-7 inch long, conical rachis, and are hidden under long floral bracts which are longer than the flowers themselves.

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  2. GaryYG

    GaryYG Active Member

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    Hi Chris,

    I think your orchid is Bulbophyllum luteobracteatum, which matches the photograph in Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar on p. 235.

    The description includes: "bracts bright yellow, 3-4 cm long, flowers c. 16 mm long, yellowish and spotted by dull brown, the lip red; sepals 6 mm long, petals linear, 2mm long, lip papillose, curved and truncate at the base, then extended into a thick lump".

    Their photo also shows flowers that have a shiny bright yellow lip which is red at the base, just like yours.

    I hope that helps.

    Reference: Cribb, P.J. & J. Hermans. (2009) Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Gary
     
  3. Chris.c147

    Chris.c147 Well-Known Member

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    I concur with that identification.

    Thanks Gary
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    very nice Bulbophyllum luteobracteatum , great spike!

    Any pic of whole plant?