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Bulbophyllum microblepharon

Bulbophyllum microblepharon

Bulbophyllum microblepharon Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 803

Type: Schlechter 17263 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, creeping, to 15 cm long. Rhizome elongated. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, minute, tightly adnate to the rhizome, 0.1-0.15 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, elliptic, obtuse, or minutely apiculate, fleshy, 0.4-0.7 by 0.25-0.4 cm near the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, 0.4 cm long, with a few small peduncle-scales, erect. Floral bracts cucullate, as long as the ovary. Flower not resupinated. Sepals lanceolate, acute, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, tightly connate up to the apex. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ovate, subobtuse, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. Lip linear-ligulate, acute, 0.3 cm long; base with 2 minute auricles; above the base dilated in 2 divergent, obtuse, lobules and with 2 very small calli; in apical half along the margin ciliate with very thin, short bristle-like hairs. Column very short; stelidia lanceolate-triangular, subobtuse; column-foot short, somewhat incurved. Anther cucullate, glabrous. Ovary sessile, glabrous, 0.1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Flower red. Sepals and petals dark red.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 700 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum microblepharon in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 272, fig. 1038
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Monanthes
  • Species Bulbophyllum microblepharon

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Bulbophyllum microblepharon

Bulbophyllum microblepharon Schltr., floral analysis, R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 272, fig. 1038