Bulbophyllum aberrans Photos by the author
Summary: Bulbophyllum aberrans Schltr. (Orchidaceae), a miniature-sized epiphytic orchid belonging to the section Oxysepala of Bulbophyllum and so far reported from Malaya, Borneo and Sulawesi is now reported here as an addition to the orchid flora of India from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A brief note on its taxonomy and distribution is presented along with its diagnostic characters for easy identification.
(...) During floristic explorations in Great Nicobar Island a few specimens belonging to the genus Bulbophyllum were collected which on critical study was identified as Bulbophyllum aberrans
Schltr. A thorough scrutiny of literature (Sinha 1999, Misra 2007, Pandey and Diwakar 2008, Karthigeyan et al. 2014, Murugan et al. 2016) revealed that this species was hitherto not recorded from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands or mainland India. Hence, in the resent treatment, this species is reported as a new addition to the orchid flora of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and therefore India. Brief description along with illustration and photographs is provided to facilitate easy recognition of the species.
Published in Journal of Japanese Bot. 93 (3):
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