Bulbophyllum bulhartii

Bulbophyllum bulhartii Sieder & Kiehn, CITES Orchid Checkl. 5 (2009) 404

Basionym: Bulbophyllum pulchrum

Epiphyte, caespitose, to 18 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, conical-cylindrical, 1.5-3 by 0.5-0.7 cm; 1-leaved. Leaves ligulate, obtuse or subobtuse, glabrous, coriaceous, 8-15 by 1.7-2.4 cm near the middle; base weakly petiolate-narrowed. Inflorescences 1-flowered, tufted, filiform, erect, glabrous, 8-10 cm long; with few distant, very small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts elliptic-cucullate, apiculate, much shorter than the slender pedicellate ovary. Flower erect or suberect, showy. Sepals lanceolate, elongate-acuminate, glabrous, 4.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, broader than the median one. Petals minute, falcate-elliptic, shortly apiculate, 0.23 cm long; front margin above the base extended in a short, triangular, obtuse, lobule; apical half irregularly denticulate. Lip elongated, strongly acuminate, convex, glabrous, c. 4 by 0.8 cm middle; base minutely obtusely auriculate; above the base elliptic-dilated; in basal half 2-keeled. Column curved, without column-foot; stelidia obliquely rhombic, porrect, apically shortly few-dentate. Anther oblongoid, cucullate, apiculate, umbonate. Pedicel and ovary very slender, glabrous, c. 3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower white, sepals striped with dark purple. Lip yellow with many brown spots and snow-white apex.

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 96-2238M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.