Bulbophyllum curvicaule

Bulbophyllum curvicaule Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 839

Type: Schlechter 18509 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, spreading, curved, 15-20 cm long. Rhizome stem-like, curved, covered with sheaths. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulb close together, cylindrical, subparallel to the rhizome, 0.5-0.9 by 0.25-0.35 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf ligulate, obtuse, or minutely apiculate, somewhat narrowed towards the base, 4-5.5 by 0.6-0.8 cm near the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Sepals oblong, apiculate, glabrous, 0.55 cm long; the lateral ones oblique. Petals obliquely ligulate-oblong, very obtuse, glabrous, 0.2 cm long; above the base the front margin somewhat dilated. Lip fleshy, oblongoid, strongly obtuse, 0.3 cm long; base somewhat truncate; upper side except the middle more ore less densely covered with wart-like, sessile papillae. Column short; stelidia subulate, exceeding the middle of the lip. Anther cucullate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary short, glabrous, incurved, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower outside yellowish brown. Petals white striped carmine red. Lip pale violet-pink.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-450M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.