Bulbophyllum densum Thouars
  • Hist. Orchid.: t. 108 (1822) 

Notes: Distribution: Mascarenes, Madagascar

General Description

A medium-sized epiphytic herb, with a stout creeping rhizome 3 mm. in diameter. Pseudobulbs 2-leaved, ellipsoid or narrowly ovoid, 3–4 cm. long, 1 cm. diameter, borne ± 7–8 cm. apart on rhizome. Leaves linear or linear-elliptic, rounded and minutely emarginate at apex, 8–10 cm. long, 1.3–1.4 cm. broad. Inflorescence erect, 20–25 cm. long, densely many-flowered; peduncle terete, bearing several acute sheaths at intervals; rhachis fleshy, broader and less than one-quarter length of peduncle; bracts ovate, acute, cucullate, 3 mm. long. Flowers almost hidden by bracts and rhachis- margins, very small. Dorsal sepal ovate, obtuse, 2.5 mm. long, 1.5 mm. broad; lateral sepals keeled, ovate, subacute, 2.5 mm. long, 1 mm. broad. Petals obovate, acute, 1 mm. long. Lip fleshy, 1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. broad, with 2 longitudinal ridges on upper side. Column very short, 0.25 mm. long; stelidia short, subacute, incurved.


Tanzania without exact locality, Boivin !


Orch. Iles Austr. Afr., t. 108 (1822).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa Western Indian Ocean Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Réunion


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. Continental Publishing, Deurne.

 Information From

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/efloras/
WCS higher taxonomy
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