Bulbophyllum flabellum-veneris (J.Koenig) Aver., Updated Checklist Orchids Vietnam 73 (2003)

Name meaning 'fan-shaped', reffering to the inflorescence.

Bulbophyllum flabelloveneris (J. Koenig) Seidenf. & Ormerod ex Aver.
Bulbophyllum gamosepalum (Griff.) J.J.Sm.
Bulbophyllum griffithianum E.C.Parish & Rchb.f. [Illegitimate]
Bulbophyllum lepidum (Blume) J.J.Sm.
Bulbophyllum lepidum var. angustum Ridl.
Bulbophyllum lepidum var. insigne J.J.Sm.
Bulbophyllum rolfeanum (Rolfe ex Downie) Seidenf. & Smitinand
Bulbophyllum umbellatum J.J.Sm. [Illegitimate]
Bulbophyllum viscidum J.J.Sm.
Cirrhopetalum ciliatum Klinge
Cirrhopetalum flabellum-veneris (J.Koenig) Seidenf. & Ormerod
Cirrhopetalum gagnepainii Guillaumin
Cirrhopetalum gamosepalum Griff.
Cirrhopetalum lepidum (Blume) Schltr.
Cirrhopetalum siamense Rolfe ex Downie
Cirrhopetalum stramineum var. purpureum Gagnep.
Cirrhopetalum viscidum (J.J.Sm.) Garay, Hamer & Siegerist
Ephippium lepidum Blume
Epidendrum flabellum-veneris J.Koenig
Phyllorchis gamosepala (Griff.) Kuntze
Phyllorchis rolfei Kuntze
Phyllorkis gamosepala (Griff.) Kuntze

Epiphyte with a woody rhizome between each conical, unevenly 5 angled, shiney pale green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong, shortly and obtusely bilobed apically, abruptly narrowing below into the shortly petiolate leaf that blooms on 2 to 3, basal, 15 to 22 cm long, shiney purple inflorescence with 3 tubular, acute bracts and narrowly lanceolate, acute, concave, reddish brown floral bracts all holding the 11 to 13 flowers above the leaf and held in an umbel.

In semi-deciduous and evergreen forests on mossy rocks and tree bases at elevations up to 1100 meters.


India, Southern China and Hainan, Indochina to Indonesia.

Local names
China: Nan fang juan ban lan.
Thailand: Singto Bai Phat Daeng.