Bulbophyllum cimicinum

Bulbophyllum cimicinum J.J.Verm., Selbyana 7, 1 (1982) 20, fig. 1

Type: Jongejan cult. 100 (holo L, spirit); para Jongejan cult. 333; Carr 10144 (L, SING)

Roots thin, white. Rhizome 0.4 cm thick, pendulous, branched, covered with coarsely ribbed, white bracts. Pseudobulbs 1.5-2 cm apart, ovoid, bluntly quadrangular in cross-section, to 1.2 cm long. Leaves almost sessile, ovate, acute, strongly convex, to 33 mm long, 1.7 cm wide, the surface smooth. Inflorescence very short, 1-flowered. Pedicel and ovary together 0.8 cm long, the bract shorter. Flowers wide open. Sepals equal, ovate, acuminate, 0.7 by 0.5 cm, fleshy. Petals very short, triangular, 0.05 cm long, rather thick top; base of the upper margin a 0.1 cm long, club-shaped appendage covered with papillae; top four leaflike, linear appendages to 0.3 cm long, entirely covered with white hairs. Lip ovate-oblong, 2.8 mm long, fleshy, top rounded, centrally fimbriate with a longitudinal slit which opens towards both ends laterally with about ten stick-shaped dark red papillae of 0.05 cm long on both sides. Column 0.1 cm long; stelidia reduced to small points.; stigma elongate. (After Vermeulen, 1982)

Colours: Pseudobulbs light green, slightly suffused with red. Leaves darker green than the pseudobulbs, not shiny. Sepals whitish along the margins with some red spots. Petals white; appendages violet, entirely covered with white hairs. Lip brownish red, margins green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 800-1000 m.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-343M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.