Bulbophyllum kermesinum

Bulbophyllum kermesinum

Bulbophyllum kermesinum Ridl., J. Bot. 24 (1886) 325

Type: Ridley s.n. (Sogere, 1750-1800 ft.)


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

Rhizome woody, a few mm thick. Pseudobulbs far distant, narrowly subcylindrical, 2.5 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, spathulate, obtuse, coriaceous, 7.5 cm long and wide. Inflorescence 1-flowered, slender, arising some distance from the pseudobulb, with 2-4 terete, membranous apiculate, distant peduncle-scales. Floral bracts widened at the base. Flower rather large, patent. Sepals narrowly linear, widely patent, fleshy, margins to the base pubescent. Median sepal 7.5 cm long. Lateral sepals free, 5 cm long. Petals erect, 7.5 cm long, antenna shaped; base dilated. Lip somewhat fleshy, shortly clawed; blade ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, in the middle with long hairs. Column thick, curved, dorsally rounded; clinandrium with wide, truncate, bidentate teeth, the top acute; column wings curved, broad, thickened, margins prominent. (After Ridley, 1886)

Median sepal crimson, apex brilliant orange. Lateral sepals purple-crimson. Column spotted crimson; clinandrium teeth paler

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum kermesinum in New Guinea
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Hyalosema
  • Species Bulbophyllum kermesinum

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Bulbophyllum kermesinum

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