Bulbophyllum adenoblepharon

Bulbophyllum adenoblepharon Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 803

Type: Schlechter 16513 (syn B, lost); 16792 (syn B, lost; AMES, BO, K)

Epiphyte, very small, creeping, to 15 cm long. Rhizome elongated. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs close together, minute, tightly adnate to the rhizome, 0.1-0.15 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaf erect-patent, elliptic, subacute, or minutely apiculate, fleshy, glabrous, 0.5-1 by 0.3-0.5 cm near the middle; base cuneate. Inflorescence 1-flowered, 0.7-1 cm long, very thin, with a few small peduncle-scales, erect. Floral bracts cucullate, somewhat shorter than the sessile ovary. Flower not resupinated, small for the section. Sepals narrowly ligulate, subobtuse, glabrous, 0.55 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, the margins tightly connate up to the apex. Petals obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, 0.38 cm long; margins subdentate-irregular. Lip ligulate, obtuse, somewhat narrowed towards the base, 0.5 cm long; base slightly dilated, minutely auriculate; midrib slightly keeled; margins with dense, minutely stalked glandular hairs. Column very short, thick; stelidia lanceolate, acute; column-foot somewhat incurved. Anther glabrous. Ovary sessile, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower dark red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 200-250 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September, November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-51M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.