Bulbophyllum nannodes

Bulbophyllum nannodes Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 210

Type: Schlechter 13808 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, creeping. Rhizome filiform, elongated, with small, tightly clasping sheaths, to 6 cm long. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs very small, rather inconspicuous, more ore less tightly adnate to the rhizome, the apex free; 1-leaved. Leaves patent obovate-spathulate, very shortly acuminate, rather thick, glabrous, 0.5-0.7 by 0.3-0.5 cm above the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, terete, glabrous. Floral bracts ovate, acuminate, glabrous, shorter than the ovary. Flower compared to the length of the leaves very large, suberect. Sepals at the base cuneate, broadly spathulate, shortly acuminate, glabrous or rather inconspicuously papillose, the basal third connate. Median sepal 1.2 by 0.8 cm above the middle. Lateral sepals smaller, oblique. Petals obliquely subrhomboid-subquadrangular, obtuse, minute, 0.2 cm long. Lip minute, fleshy, ovate, as long as the petals; base papillose-punctata; apex recurved, obtuse; in the middle with 2 parallel, ciliate keels per totem length with; dorsally rounded. Column rather thick; stelidia short, tooth-like, obtuse. Anther helmet shaped-cucullate, in front shortly incised. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower pale, strongly spotted red; keels on the lip with violet hairs.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 450 m.

Flowering time in the wild: December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1218M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.