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Bulbophyllum rigidipes

Bulbophyllum rigidipes

Bulbophyllum rigidipes Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 215

Type: Schlechter 14362 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, elegant, to 45 cm high. Rhizome creeping. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs cylindrical-conical, 3-4 by 0.5-0.8 cm above the base; 1-leaved. Leaf narrowly elliptic-ligulate, acuminate, glabrous, including the petiole 10-20 by almost 2-3 cm in the middle; base narrowed into a 2.5-4 cm long petiole. Inflorescence slender, erect, rather rigid, to 45 cm long; peduncle-scales few, distant. Inflorescence many-flowered, distichous, gradually elongated. Floral bracts laterally compressed, dense, ovate, acuminate, slightly more than a fourth as long as the pedicellate ovary. Flowers opening in succession, large, glabrous. Sepals lanceolate, long acuminate, 2.8 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals at the base elliptic, 0.8 cm long; apex 3-lobulate, lateral lobes short with few teeth, median one bristle-like, much longer. Lip broadly elliptic, apiculate, 1.4 by 0.8 cm in the middle; base muriculate, with a double V-shaped crest. Column slender; apex somewhat 2-winged, with short, apically truncate wings. Ovary pedicellate, glabrous, c. 1.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Flowers whitish striped red. Petals dark red. Lip brown-red. Column yellow.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 900 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum rigidipes in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.

April, September.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 755[descr. emend.]
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 250, fig. 951
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Intervallatae
  • Species Bulbophyllum rigidipes

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Bulbophyllum rigidipes

Bulbophyllum rigidipes Schltr., floral analysis, R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 250, fig. 951