Original Article

Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 292, Issue 1, pp 51-53

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Endangered even before formally described: Bulbophyllum kubahense n.sp., a beautiful and assumedly narrowly endemic orchid from Borneo

  • Jaap J. VermeulenAffiliated withNational Herbarium Netherlands, Leiden Branch Email author 
  • , Anthony LambAffiliated with


B. kubahense J.J. Verm. & A. Lamb is described, a new species differing from B. refractilingue in having a longer rachis, longer lateral sepals and larger petals. This attractive species is known from a single locality within a national park in Sarawak, Malaysia. Nevertheless, wild-collected plants have turned up in nurseries in Singapore, causing concern about its continued existence in the wild.


Bulbophyllum kubahense Bulbophyllum refractilingue Endangered species Wild-collected orchids