Bulbophyllum shepherdii

Wheat-leaf rope orchid

This epiphytic orchid grows in the rainforests around Brisbane.

It consists of creeping rhizomes with inconspicuous crowded pseudobulbs and succulent leaves to 40 mm by 8 mm.  Each flower grows on a short stem and is about 5 mm across.

This orchid is superficially similar to Bulbophyllum schillerianum, but Bulbophyllum schillerianum has orange flowers with succulent rounded sepals.

This orchid is very similar to Bulbophyllum lamingtonense but can be distinguished by the rhizomes adhering to the branch, its crowded pseudobulbs and much paler flowers.

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