Bulbophyllum bliteum

Bulbophyllum bliteum J.J.Verm., Orchid Monogr. 7 (1993) 154, fig. 106

Type: Jongejan cult. 882 = Leiden cult. (Jongejan, Schuiteman & de Wilde) 22500 (holo L, alc. only)

Rhizome creeping, 0.13-0.3 cm diam. Pseudobulbs ovoid to ellipsoid, or globose, 1.53 cm apart, 1.2-2.8 by 0.3-1.3 cm, not or hardly flattened. Petiole 0.4-1.5 mm long. Leaf blade elliptic, 2.6-10.5 by 1.3-2.2 cm, index 2-7; tip acute. Inflorescence 3-4 cm, 1-flowered; peduncle 0.5-3 cm long. Floral bracts c. 4. the longest 0.3-0.4 cm. Floral bracts tubular, 0.26-0.3 cm; tip obtuse to acute. Pedicel and ovary 0.8-1 cm, with the node 0.18-0.2 cm from the floral bract. Flowers widely opening. Median sepal ovate, 0.9-1.1 by 0.3-0.4 cm, index 2.23; tip acute to slightly acuminate, margins glabrous or finely papillose, thin; surface glabrous. Lateral sepals free, oblique, 0.9-1 by 0.3-0.4 cm, index 2.5-3.5. margins glabrous; otherwise as the median sepal. Petals ovate, 0.07-0.1 by 0.07-0.09 cm, index 0.7-1.4; tip acute, thin, glabrous. Lip distinctly curved approximately half-way, general outline ovate, 0.25-0.3.5 by 0.15-0.2 cm, index 1.5-2.9 (not spread); tip subacute; rather thick, glabrous; adaxially with a rather inconspicuously basal concavety, basal teeth converging, together forming a transversely ridge with a deep slit half-way, basal pan of the lip concave from margin to margin to approximately half-way the lip, gradually passing into the slightly convex top pan of the lip; abaxially with a truncate median ridge. Column from ovary to the tip of the rostellum c. 1.3 cm; rostellum distinctly protruding; stigma approximately orbicular to elliptic, slightly protruding at its base. Column-foot with a slightly to moderately upwards pointing, rounded central knob above the attachment of the lip. Anther abaxially with an inconspicuously ridge; front margin not protruding. (After Vermeulen, 1993)

Colours: Sepals and petals white or pale yellow, the petals sometimes with a purple tip and margins. Lip bright yellow, sometimes with purple along the margins.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 3000 m.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-214M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.