Bulbophyllum encephalodes Summerh.

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Status: Native
Epiphytic herb with a stout creeping woody rhizome, 2–3.5 mm in diameter. Pseudobulbs 1.5–8 cm apart on the rhizome, ovoid or ellipsoid, 1.5–3.5 cm long, 4-angled, green with brown streaks between the angles. Leaf 1, erect, fleshy, lanceolate or oblong, 3–14.5 cm long, emar­ginate at the apex; petiole distinct, up to 6 mm long. Inflorescence 13–43 cm long, many-flowered; peduncle to 32 cm long, rather wiry; rhachis up to 11 cm long, slightly swollen and flattened, distinct­ly nodding so that it forms an angle with the peduncle. Flowers fleshy, green with purple stripes, lip purple-black, or whitish with purple marks. Dorsal sepal ovate, 4–6 mm long, not recurved; lateral sepals similar but pointed. Petals oblong, 2–3 mm long. Lip 2–3 mm long, very fleshy, with large, irregular warts towards the apex on both surfaces.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Evergreen forest and high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bulbophyllum encephalodes.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118170, retrieved 2 March 2024

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