Bulbophyllum papuliglossum

Bulbophyllum papuliglossum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 846

Type: Schlechter 20124 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, erect or spreading, to 30 cm long. Rhizome stem-like, flexuose. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs cylindrical, superposed, tightly adnate to the rhizome, 1.2-1.5 by hardly 0.2 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf linear-ligulate, acute, 2.5-4.5 by 0.3-0.6 cm in the middle; base gradually somewhat narrowed. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts small, much shorter than the ovary. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, long acuminate. Median sepal 0.7 cm long, with minutely finely ciliate margins. Lateral sepals oblique, glabrous. Petals obliquely oblong-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.15 cm long; in the middle slightly constricted. Lip lanceolate-tongue-shaped, obtuse, somewhat fleshy, 0.3 cm long; base in the middle minutely papillose, with a very small callus; in basal half along the margins with dense patent papillae. Column short; stelidia short falcate-subulate; column-foot almost straight. Ovary shortly pedicellate, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower white. Lip violet-red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1363M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.