Bulbophyllum exiguiflorum

Bulbophyllum exiguiflorum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 840

Type: Schlechter 16429 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, spreading, to 25 cm long. Rhizome stem-like, curved, covered with sheaths. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs close together, subparallel to the rhizome, cylindrical, 0.5-0.7 by 0.2 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf oblong-ligulate, minutely apiculate, 4-5 by 1-1.3 cm in the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, short, fascicled, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, much shorter than the ovary and pedicel. Sepals broadly elliptic, apiculate, glabrous, 0.25 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely oblong, truncate-broadly obtuse, glabrous, 0.13 cm long; margins on either side with few irregular teeth. Lip fleshy, oblong, strongly obtuse, 0.2 cm long; base cordate; basal half sublobed-dilated; underneath from the base up to near the apex with an oblong, cushion of papillae. Column short; stelidia subulate, reaching the middle of the lip; column-foot somewhat incurved. Ovary slender pedicellate, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower densely spotted red. Lip cherry-red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: August.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-611M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.