Bulbophyllum josephi (Kuntze) Summerh.

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Bulbophyllum josephi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

Bulbophyllum josephi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Bulbophyllum josephi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Bulbophyllum josephi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Bulbophyllum josephii sensu auct.
Bulbophyllum mahonii Rolfe
Bulbophyllum schlechteri De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Epiphytic herb. Pseudobulbs set close together, ovoid, somewhat flattened; surface pitted like the skin of an orange. Leaf single, stiff, erect, elliptic. Inflorescence pendent or arching; rhachis not swollen, densely many-flowered. Flowers white. Sepals long and pointed, sometimes tinged purple (see photos). Lip recurved, yellowish.
Derivation of specific name: josephi: after Sir Joseph Hooker
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland and submontane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1050 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 29 September 2006

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 72 - 73. as Bulbophyllum mahonii (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 317.

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

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 297 - 299.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 48 - 49. as Bulbophyllum mahonii (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 190 - 192. (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.

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

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 30 - 31. (Includes a picture).

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 67 - 69. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bulbophyllum josephi
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Bulbophyllum josephi
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bulbophyllum josephi
The Plant List (version 1.1): Bulbophyllum josephi
Tropicos: Bulbophyllum josephi

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bulbophyllum josephi.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118210, retrieved 19 July 2019

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