African Plant Database

Bulbophyllum elliotii Rolfe
Protologue : J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 29: 51 (1891)
Information on the genus : Bulbophyllum
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Bulbophyllum malawiense B. Morris (1968)
=Bulbophyllum oreonastes auct. sensu E.R.Harrison (1972)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic, rarely lithophytic, herb; pseudobulbs close together forming clumps, 2-leaved, ovoid, 0,5-2,5x0,5-2,2 cm, green to reddish; leaves fleshy, elliptic, 2-4,5x1-2,2 cm, dark green sometimes tinged with purple; inflorescence pendulous, 4-15 cm long, 8-47-flowered; peduncle 2-7,5 cm long; rachis fleshy, 2,2-7,5 cm long, with or without fine dark hairs; bracts recurved, ovate, 4-6x3-4 mm; flowers reticulately set, red purple or green, fleshy; tepals elliptic-ovate, 3,5-5x1,5-2,8 mm; petals lanceolate, 2-2,8x0,2-0,9 mm, margins entire or denticulate; lip recurved, elliptic, very dark red, 1,6-2x c. 1 mm, margins long-ciliate.
Ecology : Dry or high-rainfall Brachystegia woodland; deciduous woodland and forest; in central part of tree crowns; among lichens; 250-1800 m alt.
  Variable in shape of petals.
  A possible natural hybrid B. elliotii x B. encephalodes is reported by Vermeulen, 1987: 137, from Tanzania.
  S. Africa; Madagascar.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Epiphyte, Succulent- Alt: ? - 1325 m. Distribution: LP
Biol./Eco : Herb, Epiphyte; Humid, Subhumid; Forest; 0-499 m, 500-999 m, 1000-1499 m; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 129 (1997).
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 417 (1999).
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Record n°44389 modified 2007-04-05
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