Bulbophyllum tuberculatum Bulbophyllum tuberculatum

Key Features

  • This epiphytic orchid forms tight clumps up to 6 cm wide on canopy branches and trunks of forest trees.
  • Roots are numerous and threaded tightly through encrusting lichens and other epiphytic plants.
  • The pear-shaped pseudobulbs are conspicuous, and typically 1 cm by 3-4 mm.
  • There is usually one erect leaf, with a green upper surface and a purple lower surface.
  • The flowers are white to whitish-pink.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Bulbophyllum tuberculatum is found in North Island and Marlborough and North West Nelson in South Island.
  • This species may be more widespread, as it is easily overlooked.
  • This species favours the trunks and inner branches of indigenous trees in lowland or coastal areas.


  • Plant collection.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC.