Bulbophyllum chimaera

Bulbophyllum chimaera

Bulbophyllum chimaera Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 763

Type: Schlechter 18284 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, creeping, to 15 cm long. Rhizome flexuose. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs 1-1.5 cm apart, ovoid, 4-angular, 1-1.3 by 0.6-1 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf oblong, or elliptic, apiculate, glabrous, 5-10 by 1.5-3 cm near the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, short, 1-1.5 cm long, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, many times shorter than the ovary. Flower erect-patent. Sepals at the base ovate, elongate, long acuminate. Median sepal 1.5 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, 1.8 cm long. Petals at the base very broad and obliquely cuneate, up to the basal third split in 9 flexuose, 0.3 cm long filaments. Lip ovate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.6 cm long; base narrowly 2-auriculate, between the auricles 2-keeled; above the middle glabrous, elsewhere minutely puberulous. Column short, rather thick; stelidia long subulate; column-foot somewhat incurved. Anther umbonate, oblong-cordate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary slender, glabrous, c. 2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Flower golden yellow, inside spotted red. Petals spotted red. Lip orange-yellow, densely spotted red.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea; see map

Distribution of Bulbophyllum chimaera in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 253, fig. 966
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Dendrobieae
  • Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
  • Genus Bulbophyllum
  • Section Schistopetalum
  • Species Bulbophyllum chimaera

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Bulbophyllum chimaera

Bulbophyllum chimaera Schltr., floral analysis, R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 253, fig. 966