Bulbophyllum humblotii Rolfe

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Synonyms: Bulbophyllum linguiforme P.J. Cribb
Bulbophyllum sp. (Morris 27), Morris, Epiphyt. Orch. Malawi: 47 (1970).
Common names:
Status: Native
Dwarf epiphytic herb. Pseudobulbs 1–3 cm apart on the rhizome, more or less globose, c. 10 mm high, glossy green or yellow-green. Leaf 1, fleshy, erect, oblong, 2–5 cm. Inflorescence 15–35 mm long, first erect then arching, fairly densely 4–10-flowered. Flowers creamy-white with yellow lip, not opening widely. Dorsal sepal ovate, c. 4–5 mm long, concave; lateral sepals triangular, 4–6 mm long. Petals oblong, c. 2 mm long. Lip fleshy, 2.5 mm long, tongue-like, sharply bent at base.
Notes: A high-level epiphyte, usually on Uapaca trees
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In Brachystegia/Uapaca woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 640 - 1250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Seychelles and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 80 - 81. (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 156 - 159. as Bulbophyllum linguiforme (Includes a picture).

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

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 299 - 300.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 44 - 45. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 189 - 190. (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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 132.

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 79 - 81. (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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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bulbophyllum humblotii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118190, retrieved 14 April 2024

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