Cirrhopetalum - Lindley


An Old World genus of 96 species of epiphytic orchids, Cirrhopetalum is represented in India by 10 species .Two species are found in Kerala .The status of this genus was long under debate since its establishment until Garay et al.(1994) resurrected it.

1. Cirrhopetalum gamblei J.D. Hook ., Fl. Brit. Ind.5: 778. 1890& 1891 :T. 2058 ; Fischer in Gamble 1928 : 1420 ; Joseph 1982 : 97 ;Garat et al. 1994 : 618 . Cirrhopetalum thomsonii J.D.Hook .,Fl. Brit. Ind. 5: 778. 1890 & 1891:t. 2059.

Bulbophyllum fischeri Seidenf., Dansk Bot. Ark. 29(1) : 202. 1973; Seidenfaden in Matthew 1983: 1591.

Originally described by Hooker based on Gamble's collection from the Nilgris, this species is characterized by the lateral sepals that are puberulous near the base.

Occurrence : Trivandrum , Idukki ,Palghat and Wayanad districts.

Distribution : Extends from South India (Kerala, Karnataka , Tamil Nadu) to Sri Lanka and Vietnam .

2. Cirrhopetalum neilgherrense Wight ,Ic.Pl. Ind.Or. 5 (1): 7.t. 1654. 1851; J.D.Hook . 1890: 778; Fischer in Gamble 1928: 1419; Joseph 1982 : 98.

Bulbophyllum kaitense Rchb.f. , Walp.Ann. 6: 262. 1861; Seidenfaden 1973: 204 ; Abraham & Varsala 1981: 338; Seidenfaden in Matthew 1983 : 1592; Joseph 1987: 127.

Originally described from 'Kartairy, below kaitie in Nilgiris', this species closely related to C. gamlei J.D. Hook .but larger in all respects.

Occurrence: Idukki and Palghat Districts.

Distribution : Regional endemic (Tamil Nadu & Kerala)

 

 
 

 

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