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Bulbophyllum papuanum

Bulbophyllum papuanum

Bulbophyllum papuanum (Schltr.) J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel. 2014. Phytotaxa 166 (2): 107

Type: Schlechter 14014 (holo B, lost)


  • Pedilochilus papuanum Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 219

Epiphyte, creeping, ca, 20 cm high. Rhizome creeping, terete, with dense, clasping small sheaths. Roots filiform, flexuose, elongated, glabrous. Pseudobulbs distant (internodes 0.7 cm long), narrowly conical-oblong, about terete, glabrous, c. 1.5 by 0.5 cm at the base; 1-leaved. Leaves erect or erect-patent, narrowly linear-lanceolate, subcoriaceous, 6-9 by, 0.5-0.6 cm near the middle; base gradually narrowed; apex unequally bilobulate. Inflorescence slender, erect, terete, glabrous, 4-5 cm long, with few distant, acuminate, laxly clasping sheaths. Floral bract ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, laxly clasping the base of the pedicel, 0.4 cm long. Flowers slender, pedicellate, medium size. Median sepal ovate-oblong, acuminate, somewhat concave, glabrous, c. 1 cm long. Lateral sepals obliquely acuminate, lower margin in apical half somewhat dilated, glabrous, as long as the median one. Petals porrect-incurved, obliquely ovate, erect, 0.5 cm long; apex acuminate; upper margin concave-incurved. Lip slipper-shaped-cucullate; base narrowed; margins erect; apex ovate, obtuse, spread, 0.7 cm long, hood in the middle 0.5 cm wide. Column short; stelidia subulate, erect, two times as long as the anther; column-foot present. Anther high, helmet-shaped-cucullate, obtuse, outside covered with small warts and grooves. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, c. 1.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Flower yellow. Petals and lip dotted brown.

Epiphyte in montane forest; 1600-2600 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum papuanum in New Guinea

Cool growing epiphyte.

January, April, November, December.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 688[descr. emend.]
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 228, fig. 866
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Pedilochilus
  • Species Bulbophyllum papuanum

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Bulbophyllum papuanum

Bulbophyllum papuanum (Schltr.) J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel, as Pedilochilus papuanum Schltr., floral analysis, R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 228, fig. 866