Bulbophyllum scaberulum (Rolfe) Bolus

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Bulbophyllum scaberulum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Burma Valley, Vumba

Bulbophyllum scaberulum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Burma Valley, Vumba

Bulbophyllum scaberulum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Bulbophyllum scaberulum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Bulbophyllum congolanum Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Common epiphyte, often growing in large clusters.
Status: Native
Pseudobulbs 3-5 cm apart, growing from a woody rhizome. Very variable in size and shape, usually ovoid or pear-shaped, yellow, 2-leaved. Inflorescence erect, up to 20 cm on a thick, swollen, rhachis. Flowers 16-28, set alternately on either side of the rhachis, mostly deep purple. The woodland form (images 1 and 2) is vegetatively indistinguishable from B. sandersonii but the inflorescence usually carries more flowers (16-28); the dorsal sepal is curved forwards, at least at the base; and the linear petals are spreading and not swollen at the apex. Both rhachis and flowers are generally a deeper, purple. The forest form (images 3 and 4) is more easily recognised by the shorter, more compact pseudobulbs and smaller leaves.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In high rainfall Brachystegia woodland and forest margins.
Altitude range: 900 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 24 November 2009

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Bulbophyllum scaberulum.
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