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Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum

Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum

Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum J.J.Verm., Selbyana 7, 1 (1982) 24, fig. 4

Type: NGF (Streiman & Kairo) 44589 (holo L; LAE)


  • Epicranthes hirudinifera (J.J.Verm.) Garay & W.Kittr., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 30 (1985) 184 (50)

Roots thin. Rhizome pendulous, not much branched, 0.2 cm thick, covered with light grayish-brown, coarsely ribbed bracts. Pseudobulbs to 30 mm apart, ovoid, sharply quadrangular in cross-section, to 1.2 cm long. Leaves almost sessile, oblong, acute, to 5 by 1.7 cm wide. Inflorescence short, 1-flowered. Pedicel and ovary not seen. Sepals oblong, acuminate, rather fleshy, nearly equal, the dorsal sepal 0.6 by 2.6 mm wide, the lateral sepals 0.7 by 2.1 mm wide. Petals reduced to a narrow strip at each side of the column, with a point at each end; the upper point with a rounded lobe at its base and, at its top, four somewhat inflated, short hairy, stalked, linear appendages with a rounded top; the lower point with five such appendages; between the two points another club-shaped, somewhat flattened and papillose appendage. Lip oblong, 2.3 mm long, fleshy, top rounded; ventrally, a very faint longitudinal slit with hairy, margins which opens towards the base; laterally, some 12 stick-shaped papillae. Column with very short stelidia. (After Vermeulen, 1982)

Not recorded.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Epicrianthes
  • Species Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum

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Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum

Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum J.J.Verm., Selbyana 7, 1 (1982) 24, fig. 4, J.J. Vermeulen, drawing, plant habit and flower analysis, based on NGF (Streiman & Kairo) 44589 (holo L)

Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum

Overview picture of Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum J.J.Verm.

Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum

Bulbophyllum hirudiniferum J.J.Verm., herbarium sheet, NGF (Streiman & Kairo) 44589 (holotype L)