Bulbophyllum maijenense

Bulbophyllum maijenense Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 842

Type: Schlechter 17914 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Epiphyte, erect or spreading, 7-13 cm long. Rhizome stem-like, covered with sheaths. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs cylindrical, close together, subparallel to the rhizome, 0.6-0.9 by 0.3-0.4 cm below the middle. Leaf sublanceolate-ligulate, minutely apiculate, gradually narrowed towards the base, 4-6 by 0.7-1.2 cm above the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, short, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Sepals lanceolate-oblong, acute, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely oblong-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.18 cm long. Lip fleshy, obovate-oblong, strongly obtuse, 0.3 cm long; base with 2 minute auricles; underneath except base and apex very minutely papillose-puberulous; above in basal half 2-ribbed. Column short; stelidia subulate, acute, reaching the middle of the lip. Anther quadrangular-cucullate, glabrous. Ovary shortly pedicellate, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower brownish red. Sepals with orange-golden apex, inside striped darker. Lip dark red with orange-yellow apex.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 50 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1088M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.