Bulbophyllum djamuense

Bulbophyllum djamuense Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 832

Type: Schlechter 17322 (B, lost; iso K); 18262 (B, lost; iso K)

Epiphyte, pendulous, to 90 cm long. Rhizome thin, stem-like; covered with large sheaths, unbranched or very few branched. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs 3.5-4.5 cm apart, compressed, obliquely broad elliptic, 0.8-1.2 by almost 0.6-0.8 cm in the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf ovate, acuminate, reticulate-veined, thin textured, 4.5-5.5 by 2.3-2.7 cm below the middle; base subcordate. Inflorescences 1-flowered, 1.2-1.7 cm long, in fascicles, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Sepals elliptic, acute, median with ciliate margins. Lateral sepals oblique, glabrous. Petals obliquely elliptic-lanceolate, acute, 0.2 cm long; margins with long stiff hairs. Lip somewhat fleshy, lanceolate-ligulate, obtuse, 0.38 cm long; base truncate; underneath and above the middle with slightly curved stiff hairs. Column short; stelidia at the base rhombic, subulate; column-foot rather thick, almost straight. Anther cucullate, glabrous. Ovary pedicellate, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower light yellow with red stripes. Lip violet with yellow apex.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 600-700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-534M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.