Bulbophyllum macranthum Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 30: t. 13 (1844)

Name meaning 'long-flowered'.

Bulbophyllum cochinchinense Gagnep.
Bulbophyllum purpureum Naves [Illegitimate]
Carparomorchis macrantha (Lindl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Phyllorkis macrantha (Lindl.) Kuntze
Sarcopodium macranthum (Lindl.) Lindl. & Paxton
Sarcopodium purpureum Rchb.f.

Epiphyte with a stout hairy rhizome with well spaced ovate-elliptic unifoliate psuedobulbs and a single oblong fleshy petiolate leaf. With a solitary upside down flower [non-resupinate] on a 5 cm long, basal, lateral, single flowered inflorescence that holds the fragrant [cloves] flower amid the leaves.

Grows in a very wide range of habitats, and has been collected in primary and secondary, evergreen, semi-deciduous and deciduous, broadleaf and coniferous, lowland to montane forests. At altitudes up to 1500 meters. With fly-pollinated flowers.


India to Indochina to New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

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