Bulbophyllum nebularum

Bulbophyllum nebularum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 849

Type: Schlechter 18740 (B, lost; iso AMES, BO, L); 18844 (B, lost)

Epiphyte, spreading, to 30 cm long. Rhizome stem-like. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs very tightly adnate to the rhizome, c. 1 cm by 0.2 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf ligulate, obtuse, 2.5-6 by 0.5-0.8 cm near the middle; base hardly narrowed. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, much shorter than the ovary. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, long acuminate, glabrous. Median sepal 1.2 cm long. Lateral sepals 1.3 cm long. Petals obliquely oblong-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lip in outline oblong, obtuse, glabrous, 0.5 cm long; in the middle slightly constricted. Column very short; stelidia very short, acute, cuspidate; column-foot rather thick, slightly incurved. Anther cucullate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary short, glabrous, c. 1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower white. Petals with a rose-red median stripe. Lip red, apex and base red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 2500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1226M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.