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Bulbophyllum bracteatum

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name = Blotched pineapple orchid
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genus = Bulbophyllum
species = bracteatum
authority = (Fitzg.) F.M.Bailey
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  • Adelopetalum argyropum Fitzg.

  • Bulbophyllum bracteatum, commonly known as the blotched pineapple orchid, is a species of epiphytic or sometimes lithophytic orchid that is endemic to eastern Australia. It has crowded pseudobulbs, tough, pale green or yellowish leaves and up to twenty five cream-coloured to yellowish flowers with purplish or reddish blotches. It usually grows in the tops of rainforest trees.


    Bulbophyllum bracteatum is an epiphytic, rarely an lithophytic herb with crowded, wrinkled, pale green or yellowish pseudobulbs long and wide. The leaves are elliptic to narrow oblong, thin, leathery, long and wide. Between five and twenty five cream-coloured or yellowish flowers long and wide are arranged on a bluish flowering stem long with many bracts. The sepals are long and about wide, the petals about long and less than wide. The labellum is yellow, thick and fleshy, about long and wide. Flowering occurs between October and December.

    Taxonomy and naming

    The blotched pineapple orchid was first formally described in 1891 by Robert D. FitzGerald who gave it the name Adelopetalum bracteatum and published the description in the Journal of Botany, British and Foreign from a specimen collected near the Tweed River. In the same year, Frederick Manson Bailey changed the name to Bulbophyllum bracteatum. The specific epithet (bracteatum) is derived from the Latin word bractea, meaning "small leaf".

    Distribution and habitat

    Bulbophyllum bracteatum usually grows on the highest branches of rainforest trees, rarely on rock faces. It occurs between the Bunya Mountains in Queensland and the Dorrigo Plateau in New South Wales.
    Category:Endemic orchids of Australia
    Category:Orchids of New South Wales
    Category:Orchids of Queensland
    Category:Plants described in 1891

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