Bulbophyllum sandersonii (Hook. f.) Rchb. f.
subsp. sandersonii

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Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani N.P.

Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani N.P.

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Synonyms: Bulbophyllum tentaculigerum Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Common epiphyte, often growing in large clusters. Pseudobulbs 3-5 cm apart, growing from a woody rhizome. Variable in size and shape, usually ovoid or pear-shaped, yellow, 2-leaved. Inflorescence erect, up to 20cm long on a thick, swollen, rhachis. Flowers 10-16, set alternately on either side of the rhachis, essentially yellow-green but heavily mottled with purple. This species is very similar to some forms of B. scaberulum but can be distinguished by the longer dorsal sepal, which is normally erect or curved backwards; the filiform petals, which are slightly swollen at the apex; and the lesser number of flowers in the inflorescence.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: sandersonii; after John Sanderson (1820-1881), Scottish horticulturist and botanical collector in South Africa.
Habitat: In high rainfall Brachystegia woodland and riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widesprad in tropical and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 November 2005
Literature:

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 84 - 85. as Bulbophyllum sandersonii (Includes a picture).

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 54. as Bulbophyllum sandersonii

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 79. as Bulbophyllum sandersonii

Johnson, S., Bytebier, B, & Stärker H. (2015). Orchids of South Africa, a Field Guide Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 84. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I and Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 301 - 303. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 55 - 56. as Bulbophyllum sandersonii (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 205 - 206. as Bulbophyllum sandersonii (Includes a picture).

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Pages 417 - 418. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 94.

McMurtry, D., Grobler,L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 416 - 417. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 118.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 574 - 575. (Includes a picture).

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 32. (Includes a picture).

Vermeulen, J.J. (1987). A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Orchid Monographs Volume 2 E.J. Brill, Leiden-New York-Kopnhavn-Koln Pages 108 - 110. (Includes a picture).


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bulbophyllum sandersonii subsp. sandersonii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118240, retrieved 2 September 2015

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