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Bulbophyllum papulipetalum

Bulbophyllum papulipetalum

Bulbophyllum papulipetalum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 771

Type: Schlechter 17321 (holo B, lost)


  • Papulipetalum angustifolium M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, Orchadian 13 (2002) 500 (nom.nov.)

Epiphyte, very small, 6-9 cm high. Rhizome short. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs narrowly conical, ascending, 0.5-0.8 by 0.2-0.4 cm above the base; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, linear, minutely apiculate, 5-7.5 by 0.3-0.45 cm in the middle; base gradually narrowed into a petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, short, c. 1.5 cm long, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, many times shorter than the pedicel. Flower erect. Sepals lanceolate, glabrous. Median sepal subacute, 0.9 cm long. Lateral sepals subacute, 1.1 cm long. Petals obliquely linear-ligulate, obtuse, 0.25 cm long; apex with several subulate large papillae. Lip curved, ovate, obtuse, as long as the petals, fleshy, glabrous; in apical half narrowed. Column medium-sized, glabrous; stelidia prickle-shaped, very small. Anther oblongoid-cucullate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary long, glabrous, 2.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Flowers white. Median sepal spotted brown. Petals violet, median white. Lip spotted violet.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 450-800 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum papulipetalum in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.

February, August.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 257, fig. 981
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Papulipetalum
  • Species Bulbophyllum papulipetalum

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Bulbophyllum papulipetalum

Bulbophyllum papulipetalum Schltr., floral analysis, R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 257, fig. 981