Bulbophyllum josephi (Kuntze) Summerh.

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Bulbophyllum josephi

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Bunga Views, Vumba

Bulbophyllum josephi

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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. 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:
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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.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 27. As Bulbophyllum mahonii

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.

Morris, B. (1967). The epiphytic orchids of Soche Mountain. Historic and Scientific Society of Malawi Journal 20(2) Page 31. As Bulbophyllum mahonii

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 46 - 49. As Bulbophyllum mahonii

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).

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 138 - 139. As Bulbophyllum mahonii (Includes a picture).

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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 josephi.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118210, retrieved 22 June 2024

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