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A flowering plant by Jeff Tyler,

Author: Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, 1861
Origin:  Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Island, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Epiphytic, Sphagnum
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  3,5 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow / White / Bordeaux-Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Megaclinium maximum, John Lindley, 1830.
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This member of the Orchidaceae family was given this name by Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach in 1861. It if found in central tropical Africa: Guinea, Libya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sao Tomé & Principe, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It grows as an epiphyte, and will do well in well drained sphagnum. The pseudobulbs are 3,5 centimetres in diameter, sitting on a stem. The inflorescences are multicoloured; greenish white, bordeaux to brown and yellow tips.

The species name is derived from the Greek bolbos meaning 'bulb' and phyllon, 'a leaf', referring to the pseudobulbs on top of which the leaf grows. The species name means 'great'.

ciliatum Schltr. 1906.
 Bulbophyllum cyrtopetalum Schltr. 1911.
djumaense De Wild. 1921.
djumaense var. grandifolium De Wild. 1921.
Megaclinium flaccidum Hook. 1851. 
Bulbophyllum moirianum A.D. Hawkes 1956.
nyassanum Schltr. 1915.
Bulbophyllum oxypterum Rchb. f. 1861.
Bulbophyllum oxypterum var. mozambicense De Wild. 1921.
Bulbophyllum platyrhachis Schltr. 1905.
purpuratum Lindley, 1862.
Bulbophyllum purpuratum Schlechter 1906.
subcoriaceum De Wild. 1921.
djumaensis De Wild. 1903.
oxypterum Lindl. 1839.
oxypterum var. mozambicense Finet 1910.
platyrhachis Rolfe 1897.
purpuratum Lindl. 1862. Megaclinium subcoriaceum De Wild. 1921.
Phyllorchis maxima. Kuntze 1891.
Phyllorchis oxyptera Kuntze, 1891.