Bulbophyllum nummularioides

Bulbophyllum nummularioides Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 824

Type: Schlechter 16398 (syn B, lost; NB: Also type number for Bulbophyllum microtes Schltr.); 18132 (syn B, lost); 18499 (syn B, lost); 19183 (isosyn E); 19499 (isosyn BO); 19790 (syn B, lost; NB: Also type number for Saccoglossum maculatum Schltr.)

Epiphyte with pendulous, stem-like rhizome to 40 cm long. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, coin-shaped, distichous, strongly depressed, ovate or suborbicular, 0.3-0.5 by 0.2-0.5 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf erect-patent, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, aristate-apiculate, 0.8-1.5 by 0.35-0.9 cm. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short or almost absent; sheaths inconspicuous. Floral bracts cucullate, as long as the ovary. Flower erect-patent. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, strongly acuminate, 0.43 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, lower margin very minutely finely ciliate. Petals narrowly lanceolate, strongly acuminate, somewhat shorter than the sepals; margins sparsely finely ciliate. Lip narrowly rhombic-lanceolate, strongly acuminate, 0.28 cm long; base subclawed; above the base with a very small callus; below the middle with densely finely ciliate margins. Column short; stelidia shortly subulate; column-foot suberect. Anther cucullate, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower pink. Petals and lip darker so.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 250-900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, April, May, June, July, August, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1258M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.