Bulbophyllum blepharopetalum

Bulbophyllum blepharopetalum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 768

Type: Schlechter 20050 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, small, 17-22 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs conical-cylindrical, 2-2.5 by 0.5-0.8 cm above the base; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, elliptic-ligulate, acuminate, glabrous, 14-20 by 2.8-4 cm near the middle; base weakly narrowed into a petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, very short, 0.5 cm long; peduncle-scales few, inconspicuous. Floral bracts ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary. Flower erect-patent. Sepals elliptic, apiculate, 1.6 cm long, inside sparsely puberulous. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals suborbicular, apiculate, oblique, 0.35 by 0.45 cm; margins minutely finely ciliate. Lip curved, fleshy, oblong, tongue-shaped, obtuse, as long as the petals; underneath at the base very minutely papillose. Column very short; stelidia linear-falcate, obtuse, large; column-foot somewhat incurved. Anther oblongoid-cucullate, glabrous, with a very large umbo. Pedicel and ovary glabrous, 1.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower yellowish with brown stripes.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-212M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.