Bulbophyllum rosemarianum Sath.Kumar, P.C.S.Kumar & Saleem, Rheedea 11: 97 2001.;
India (Kerala) as per POWO;
Common name: Rosemary Bulbophyllum

Epiphytic pseudobulbous herbs with creeping rhizomes; pseudo bulbs 1.7-3.5 x 1.1-1.6 cm, quadrangular, pale yellowish green, arranged distantly on a thick and wiry rhizome, rooted below and 1-leaved. Leaves 5-18 x 1.6-3.2 cm, erect, oblong, thick and fleshy, deeply channeled in the middle region, narrowed at the base, obtuse at apex; petiole short. Inflorescence from the base of pseudo bulb, pale green, longer than leaf with 5.5-9.2 cm long scape bearing 4 cup-like sterile bracts and a short raceme (4-5 cm) of pale yellow flowers. Dorsal sepal 4-5 x 3-3.5 mm, ovate-elliptic, truncate-angulate, 5-veined, acute at apex, joined only at the central part at base leaving side-margins free; lateral sepals 8-9 x4-4.5 mm, ovate-elliptic or boat-shaped, 5-veined, margins folded inwards, lower edges slightly connate near base, attached to column-foot at sides, acute at apex. Petals 2-2.5 x 1.5-2 mm, broad-based, ovate-aristate, slightly oblique and erose at margins, gland-dotted and 1-veined. Lip 3-3.5 x 1.5-2 mm, thick, yellow with brown markings, papillose throughout except the median furrow region, 3-lobed; side lobes represented by 2 auricules, ovate-oblong, attached to tip of column by a short ligament. Column 2-3 mm long, thick with 2 erects sharply pointed stelidia that raise above operculum. Column-foot about 2 mm long bearing lateral sepals on sides and lip a little below the apex. Operculum 1 x 1 mm, 2-celled, slightly rugose outside. Pollinia 4 in 2 groups, each one unequally divided. Fruits 2-2.5 x 0.7-1.2 cm, globose.

Flowering and fruiting: January-March
On trees in the riverine vegetation and lowland forests
Southern Western Ghats (Kerala) (Endemic)

545 ID wild Orchid: 17 high res. images.
Please ID wild Orchid,
Location: bloomed near Vannappuram Thodupuzha Idukki Kerala INDIA
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 15JAN2024, 02pm
Habitat: wild moisture evergreen misty sloppy canopied alpine
Plant habit: epiphyte ridged bulbous Orchid, weak cylindrical root like branches 03mm diameter, perennial
Height: 08cm
Leaves: alternate elongated acute fleshy simple smooth flexible glossy, size upto: 14×4cm
Flower: terminally spike inflorescence, clustered, size:08x3mm, yellow, fragrant
Fruit: capsule green into brown ridges ovoid size:03.5×1.2cm
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Host tree: Terminalia sps.

Bulbophyllum rosemarianum Sath.Kumar, P.C.S.Kumar & Saleem  ??

Mostly i agree with … sir
Also check with Pomatocalpa spicatum

Yes, it is Bulbophyllum rosemarianum dear …, thank you very much for ID my Orchid

Yes, it is Bulbophyllum rosemarianum, thank you very much for ID confirmation of my Orchid, but not P. spicatum.

Yes this could possibly be Bulbophyllum rosemarianum (if it has a good fragrance).

Bulbophyllum rosemarianum Sath.Kumar, P.C.S.Kumar & Saleem
bulb-oh-FILL-um — from the Greek bolbos (bulb) and phyllon (leaf) … Dave’s Botanary
¿ rose-mar-ee-AH-num ? — ¿ of rosemary fragrance ?
commonly known as: rosemary bulbophyllum
Endemic to: southern Western Ghats (of India)
ReferencesFlowers of India • Enchanting Kerala • Orchid Species
in Goa on 29 DEC 11

Pretty flowers and beautiful pic. Yes Bulbophyllum rosemarianum.

Where you got this from?

This was in premises of one of “tropical spice gardens” that have come up in Goa.
The orchid was growing wild; it did not look planted – because this site was along the quarter km entry path.
Perhaps this URL helps:

Very good find. Not mentioned in Mah flora BSI

Thanks … for validation; this one is from Goa. Normally found distributed further south.


ORCHIDACEAE Juss. Fortnight: Bulbophyllum rosemarianum from KFRI Kerala BS81 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Bulbophyllum rosemarianum from KFRI Kerala
Sorry for Poor picture quality

Again without flower its risky to confirm. But rosemarianum does have yellow flowers.

Thanks … Some of the orchids there were without flowers. This was the only shot i have for this

Flora of Kaiga_ID_Please_24012014 PTR :  6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Date/Time-:14/01/14   –    11:30
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-   wild  
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Orchid
Length- 20cm 

A kind of Bulbophyllum

This is Bulbophyllum sterile (Lam.) Suresh (Orchidaceae).

The plant you have forwarded is Bulbophyllum rosemarianum which is from Orchidaceae and found in Western ghats of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.
I have an inquiry to all of you that as i am working on Genus Dipcadi Family Liliaceae of Maharashtra so i am searching for locations of its species. As  have collected most of them but in case of Dipcadi concanense i want more data on its collection sites. If anyone has collected the plant from anywhere in Maharashtra please forward me the details of site of collection.

As per my observations there is no difference between Bulbophyllum rosemarianum and Bulbophyllum sterile only colour variations. One of our Botanical Assistant had seen both type of colour differences in same bunch of Bulbophyllum sterile in Mookambika Wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Bulbophyllum rosemarianum is described by Dr. Satish Kumar in Rheedea 2001.


Names of Plants in India :: Bulbophyllum rosemarianum Sath.Kumar, P.C.S.Kumar & Saleem: 1 image.
Bulbophyllum rosemarianum Sath.Kumar, P.C.S.Kumar & Saleem

bulb-oh-FILL-um — Greek: bolbos (bulb); phyllon (leaf) … Dave’s Botanary
¿ rose-mar-ee-AH-num ? — this species dedicated to Rosemary Lee of Coombland, England … Rheedea 11(2), 2001commonly known as: Rosemary’s bulb-leaf orchid • Konkani: रोसमरी अमरी rosemary amri • Malayalam: റോസ്മേരിയുടെ ഓർക്കിഡ് rosemariyute orkkidbotanical namesBulbophyllum rosemarianum Sath.Kumar, P.C.S.Kumar & Saleem … synonyms: none listed … POWOBibliography / etymology

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Rosemary’s bulb-leaf orchid
  • quoted from “A new species of Bulbophyllum Du Petit-Thou. (Orchidaceae) from Kerala, India” C. Satish Kumar et al. Rheedea Vol. 11(2): 97-100. 2001
    … this species commemorates the authors’ good friend, the late Rosemary Lee of Coombland, England, with whom the senior author contemplated a joint work on the “Flowers of the Elephant Peak”, not far from the area where the holotype was collected …
  • or Rosemary bulb-leaf orchid … Flowers of India
~~~~~ KONKANI ~~~~~
रोसमरी अमरी rosemary amri
  • name given for want of name; रोसमरी rosemary from the commemorative epithet – rosemarianumअमरी amri, a generic given name for orchid flower in Marathi, by Shrikant Ingalhalikar – author of various books related to flora, and field guides to identify flowers of northern Western Ghats of India. The languages Konkani and Marathi are similar to some extent.
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
റോസ്മേരിയുടെ ഓർക്കിഡ് rosemariyute orkkid
  • name given for want of name; the seemingly long name means simply and justly – Rosemary’s orchid
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