Bulbophyllum goliathense

Bulbophyllum goliathense

Bulbophyllum goliathense J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 2 (1911) 18

Type: Kock, de 12


  • Bulbophyllum procerum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 845
    - Type: Schlechter 19589 (holo B, lost)

Rhizome elongated, pendulous, flexuose, c. 10 cm long; covered with remaining fibres of the sheaths. Pseudobulbs c. 1-1.3 cm apart, almost entirely adnate to the rhizome, subcylindric, thin, 0.7-1.2 by 0.14 cm; free part of apex 0.1-0.2 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaf linear-lanceolate, subobtuse, shortly subulate-acuminate, c. 2.75-4. 1 by 0.4-0.65 cm; base narrowed; midrib above grooved. Inflorescences fascicled, short, 1-flowered; peduncle thin 0.3 cm long, covered by small, tubular, thinly membranous sheaths. Floral bract infundibuliform-tubular, acuminate, above keeled, thinly membranous, 0.16 cm long. Flower very small, 0.85 cm wide. Median sepal horizontal, concave, oblong, 3-nerved, 0.55 by 0.25 cm; apex recurved-apiculate. Lateral sepals widely patent, convex, obliquely oblongtriangular, acutely acuminate, 3-nerved, 0.65 by 0.28 wide; apex recurved. Petals very small, oblique, obtusely angled, slightly falcate, acute, somewhat erose, 1-nerved, 0.2 by 0.13 cm above the base; base dilated, narrowly triangular-narrowed. Lip mobile, porrect, 3-lobed, subovate-oblong, fleshy, 0.33 cm long; lateral lobes erect, nearly semiorbicular, fleshy, inside convex, glabrous, at the base 0.14 cm wide; mid-lobe 0.18 by 0.16 cm, with recurved apex; underneath convex, long villose; upper side obtuse, glabrous. Column rather slender, straight, 0.23 cm long; stelidia elongated much longer than the anther, filiform-subulate, slightly falcate. Anther very small, cucullate, oblong-quadrangular, c. 0-06 cm long; base retuse; apex rounded-extended; connective thickened.; stigma longitudinal, oblong; column-foot making a wide angle with the ovary, straight, its apex on either side dilated in a small, slightly incurved lobule, 0.13 cm long. Ovary 6-grooved, 0.1 cm long; including the pedicel 0.3 cm long sparsely and finely blackish brown punctate. (After Smith, 1913)

Flower yellow with red veins. Ovary blackish brown punctuate.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 900-1200 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum goliathense in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.

March, May.

  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 12, 1 (1913) 89, t. 23, fig. 72
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 292, fig. 1118, as Bulbophyllum procerum Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Polymeres
  • Species Bulbophyllum goliathense

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Bulbophyllum goliathense

Bulbophyllum goliathense J.J.Sm., floral analysis, drawing J.J. Smith, from de Kock 12

Bulbophyllum goliathense

Bulbophyllum procerum Schltr., floral analysis, R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 292, fig. 1118

Bulbophyllum goliathense

Bulbophyllum goliathense J.J.Sm., J.J. Vermeulen, drawing, flower analysis, based on Brass 22716 (L)