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Genus: Bulbophyllum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Orchidaceae

About 1000 species (world tropics and subtropics), of which 12 are native to southern Africa. An additional six species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Bulbophyllum ballii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Bulbophyllum elliotii

Bulbophyllum encephalodes

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Bulbophyllum humblotii

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Bulbophyllum intertextum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Bulbophyllum josephi

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Bulbophyllum maximum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Bulbophyllum melinostachyum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Bulbophyllum longiflorum

Bulbophyllum sandersonii

Bulbophyllum scaberulum

Bulbophyllum unifoliatum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Bulbophyllum careyanum

Native to the area from India to Thailand.


Bulbophyllum gadgarrense

Native to Australia.


Bulbophyllum malawiense

Native to southern and tropical Africa.


Bulbophyllum medusae

[= Cirrhopetalum medusae]

Native to Malaysia.


Bulbophyllum oreonastes

Native to tropical Africa.


Bulbophyllum schimperianum

[= Bulbophyllum acutisepalum]

Native to tropical Africa.



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