Bulbophyllum compressilabellatum

Bulbophyllum compressilabellatum P.Royen, Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2 (1979) 215, fig. 78

Type: NGF (Vandenberg c.s.) 39780 (holo K; iso L, LAE)

Small, densely bushy, up to 4 cm high. Rhizome glabrous, creep ing, branched. Pseudobulbs glabrous, close together, elongateovoid, 12-15 by 2-3 mm, truncate, indistinctly angular-ribbed.at base with a membranous bract. Leaves light green, erect, coriaceous, glabrous, oblong-spathulate, 25-30 by 3-5 mm, obtuse, midrib grooved above, prominent below, margin involute. Inflorescence 1-flowered, in bundles of 2-5. Peduncle glabrous, slender, 2.5-3 cm long, at base with a cylindric, 5-7 mm long, obliquely truncate, acute, glabrous bract, at tip with a smaller similar bract. Pedicel glabrous, slender, curved, 1 mm long. Ovary glabrous, ellipsoid-claviform, 4 mm long. Median sepal glabrous, narrowly ovate, 5-5.5 by 1 mm, subabruptly narrowed in apical half, subcaudate, obtuse, 1-nerved. Lateral sepals similar to median sepal but slightly more oblique. Lateral petals glabrous, ovate-elliptic, 3-3.5 by 1.5 mm, oblique, subabruptly narrowed in apical part, obtusish, 1-nerved. Lip finely papillate in apical half, minute, mobile, narrowly ligulate, 1.5 mm long, acutish, basal part laterally compressed. Column short, slender, 1 mm long. Stelidia oblong, 0.3 mm long, slightly curved downwards. Anther obovoidcucullate, 0.5 by 0.6 by 0.3 mm, connective slightly raised, finely papillate. Pollinia 4, unequal, ellipsoid, 0.1 mm long. Column-foot short, curved forward. Capsule not seen. (After van Royen, 1979)

Colours: Flower cream and orange, lip yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-380M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.