Bulbophyllum semiteres

Bulbophyllum semiteres Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 850

Type: Schlechter 20061 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, erect, 5-8 cm high. Rhizome stem-like. Roots filiform, glabrous, basal. Pseudobulbs cylindrical-conical, 0.4-0.6 by 0.2-0.3 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, linear, acute, semiterete, 2-2.7 by 0.15 cm. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bract half as long as the ovary. Sepals lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, 0.45 cm long. Lateral sepals falcate. Petals obliquely elliptic, obtuse, 0.18 cm long. Lip curved, fleshy, elliptic, obtuse, glabrous, 0.2 cm long; base in the middle with a grooved swelling. Column very short; stelidia very short, triangular, acute; column-foot rather long, incurved. Anther cucullate, apiculate, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, subsessile, 0.25 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower white.

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 96-1677M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.