Bulbophyllum falciferum

Bulbophyllum falciferum J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 3

Type: Römer, von 251

Peduncle thin, 1-flowered. Floral bract tubular, shortly acuminate, 0.6 cm long. Flower large. Median sepal small, oblong, strongly curved, conduplicate-helmet-shaped, when not flattened 0.67 by 0.34 cm; margins papillose; apex 3-dentate, median tooth longer than the lateral ones; dorsally keeled, keel wide. Lateral sepals large, decurved, caudate-elongated, falcate, sharply acute, c. 3.65 by 0.53 cm above the base; base shortly clawed-contracted, decurrent on the column-foot, above the base dilated, 3-nerved; nerves above the base laterally forked. Petals minute, obliquely lanceolate, 3-nerved, 0.33 by 0-07 cm; apex subulate-trifida, the median tooth exceeding the lateral ones. Lateral sepals nerves very short, not reaching the base. Lip mobile, small, curved, oblong-subovate, acute, 0.16 by 0.08 cm when not flattened; basal part concave; in front convex; underneath strongly keeled; margins erect, finely long ciliate. Column 0.15 cm long, with elongated, quadrangular, 3-dentate apex, the median tooth (filament) subulate; stelidia triangular, apiculate; column-foot making an obtuse angle with the ovary, incurved, truncate, fleshy, 0.15 cm long. Ovary 6-grooved, 0.45 cm long; pedicel c. 1.9 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in marshy lowland forest; 50-120 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea; see map 96-621M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.