Bulbophyllum erythrostictum

Bulbophyllum erythrostictum Ormerod, Orchadian 14 (2005) 563

Basionym: Bulbophyllum polystictum

Epiphyte, erect or spreading, 8-15 cm long. Rhizome stem-like, covered with sheaths. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs close together, subparallel to the rhizome, cylindrical, 0.5 by 0.15 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf ligulate-linear, apiculate, 3.5-5 by 0.4-0.6 cm near the middle; base gradually slightly narrowed. Inflorescences 1-flowered, short, with a few peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Sepals elliptic, shortly acuminate or apiculate, glabrous, 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely linear-ligulate, broadly obtuse, 0.15 cm long. Lip oblong-ligulate, obtuse, 0.23 cm long; base sublobed-dilated; underneath from the base up to near the apex covered with an oblong, cushion of stalked papillae; above the base slightly 2-ribbed. Column short; stelidia subulate; apex hook-like; column-foot at the apex somewhat incurved. Anther oblongoid-cucullate, glabrous. Ovary pedicellate, glabrous, 0.45 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower densely spotted red. Lip on underside with a red cushion of papillae.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 400-600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June, September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-2232M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.