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Bulbophyllum humile

Bulbophyllum humile

Bulbophyllum humile Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 730

Type: Schlechter 17848 (holo B, lost; iso K)


  • Hapalochilus humilis (Schltr.) Garay & W.Kittr., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 30 (1985) 188 (54)

Epiphyte, tufted, up to 17 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, cylindrical-conical, 1.5-2 by 0.35-0.55 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, obliquely ligulate, acute, glabrous, 8-13 by 1.3-2 cm near the middle; base weakly narrowed into a petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, very short, covered with peduncle-scales. Floral bracts ovate-lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary. Flower erect, hardly exceeding the pseudobulb. Sepals narrowly oblong, apiculate, glabrous, 0.8 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, up to near the apex connate. Petals obliquely falcate, ovate-lanceolate, subacute, below the middle the margins on either side with one tooth, 0.15 cm long. Lip immobile, narrowly oblong-ligulate, obtuse, 0.7 cm long; base cuneate, the very base concave-auriculate; above minutely papillose. Column exceeding the petals; stelidia short, quadrangular, minutely incised; without column-foot. Anther rhombic-cucullate, umbonate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary short, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Flower whitish, striped with red. Lip red.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 800 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum humile in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 239, fig. 910
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Codonosiphon
  • Species Bulbophyllum humile

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Bulbophyllum humile

Bulbophyllum humile Schltr., floral analysis, R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 239, fig. 910

Bulbophyllum humile

Bulbophyllum humile Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 17848 (isotype specimen K), photo copyright the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew