Bulbophyllum bisepalum

Bulbophyllum bisepalum Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 196

Type: Schlechter 14048 (holo B, lost; NB: Number also used for Microstylis dryadum)

Epiphyte, pendulous, elongated, to 30 cm long. Stem terete, glabrous, subarticulate; internodes 1-1.5 cm long. Roots filiform, elongated, glabrous. Pseudobulbs tightly connate to the rhizome, rather inconspicuous; 1-leaved. Leaf narrowly oblong-ligulate, subobtuse, rather thick, glabrous, 3-4.5 by 0.7-0.9 cm near the middle. Inflorescence almost lacking, covered with lanceolate, acuminate peduncle-scales. Floral bracts similar to the sheaths on the peduncle, as long as the ovary. Flowers rather small in the genus. Median sepal narrowly oblong, shortly acuminate, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. Lateral sepals as long as the median sepal, to the apex connate in an oblong, shortly acuminate synsepal. Petals minute, obliquely lanceolate, strongly acuminate, 0.25 cm long. Lip somewhat fleshy narrow, linear, subobtuse, finely pilose; base dilated, glabrous, cordate, 0.3 cm long. Column not known. Ovary glabrous, sessile, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower dark purple.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-201M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.