Bulbophyllum ballii P.J. Cribb

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Bulbophyllum ballii

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Below Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Bulbophyllum sp. no. 2 (Ball 258)
Common names:
Frequency: Local and uncommon
Status: Native
Small epiphyte, forming small colonies of closely spaced pseudobulbs. Pseudobulbs small, c. 15 × 10 mm, ovoid, bearing 1 or sometimes 2 lanceolate leaves, up to 6 cm. Inflorescence usually pendulous, borne from the base of the pseudobulb. Flowers spirally arranged along a slightly swollen rhachis, small, straw-coloured, heavily spotted with purple-red. Lip deep purple-red.
Notes: The species may be endemic or may also occur in Zambia (G. Williamson 141). It is only known from scattered localities, some riverine areas being under threat.
Derivation of specific name: ballii: named after John Ball, orchidologist, who collected the type for this species.
Habitat: in evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and ?Zambia (see note)
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status: Endemic?
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Cribb, P.J. (1977). New orchids from South Central Africa Kew Bulletin 32(1) Pages 158 - 159. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 167.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 79. as Bulbophyllum sp. no. 2

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 49.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 303 - 305. (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.

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 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bulbophyllum ballii
African Plant Database: Bulbophyllum ballii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bulbophyllum ballii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bulbophyllum ballii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bulbophyllum ballii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bulbophyllum ballii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bulbophyllum ballii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Bulbophyllum ballii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbophyllum ballii
Plants of the World Online: Bulbophyllum ballii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Bulbophyllum ballii
Tropicos: Bulbophyllum ballii
Wikipedia: Bulbophyllum ballii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bulbophyllum ballii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118150, retrieved 6 August 2020

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