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Bulbophyllum wolfei

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name = Fleshy snake orchid
image = LR009 72dpi Bulbophyllum wolfei.jpg
image_caption = Illustration by Lewis Roberts
taxon = Bulbophyllum wolfei
authority = B.Gray & D.L.Jones
synonyms_ref =
synonyms = Serpenticaulis wolfei (B.Gray & D.L.Jones) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones
Bulbophyllum wolfei, commonly known as the fleshy snake orchid, is a species of epiphytic or lithophytic orchid with thin, creeping rhizomes, and flattened pseudobulbs each with a single thick, fleshy, dark green leaf and a single cream-coloured flower with dark red stripes. It mostly grows on rainforest trees in tropical North Queensland.


Bulbophyllum wolfei is an epiphytic or lithophytic herb that has thin, creeping rhizomes pressed against the surface on which it grows and oval-shaped pseudobulbs long, wide and pressed against the rhizome. Each pseudobulb has a thick, fleshy, dark green, oblong to oval leaf long and wide. A single resupinate, cream-coloured flower with prominent, dark red stripes, long and wide is borne on a thread-like flowering stem long. The sepals are about long, wide and the petals are about long and wide with a red stripe along the midline. The labellum is long, wide, fleshy and curved with a groove along its midline. Flowering occurs from April to September.

Taxonomy and naming

Bulbophyllum wolfei was first formally described in 1991 by Bruce Gray and David Jones and the description was published in Austrobaileya. The specific epithet (wolfei) honours "Mr T.J. (Tom) Wolfe, of Atherton, Queensland" for his assistance with orchid research.

Distribution and habitat

The fleshy snake orchid grows on trees and rocks in rainforest between the Mount Carbine Tableland and Daintree National Park in Queensland at altitudes from .
Category:Endemic orchids of Australia
Category:Orchids of Queensland
Category:Plants described in 1991

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