Bulbophyllum chrysochilum

Bulbophyllum chrysochilum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 718

Type: Schlechter 17969 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, 10-16 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs conical-cylindrical, 1.5--3 by 0.3-0.4 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, elliptic-lanceolate, acute or subacute, 9-13 by 1-2 cm near the middle; base narrowed. Inflorescence 1-flowered, erect, slender, filiform, glabrous, 5-6 cm long; peduncle-scales few small, tightly clasping, distant. Floral bracts elliptic, clasping, much shorter than the slender ovary. Flower erect. Sepals reflexed, oblong-ligulate, subacute, glabrous, c. 1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, sublanceolate. Petals obliquely suborbicular-ovate, shortly acuminate, glabrous, minute, almost 0.08 cm long. Lip narrow, lanceolate-ligulate, obtuse, 0.75 by 0.2 cm; base auriculate; margins recurved; on upper side except the basal third very densely and very shortly papillose-puberulous; underneath grooved. Column minute, slightly incurved; stelidia porrect, short, apical with a few teeth; column-foot absent. Anther oblongoid-cucullate, glabrous; umbo large, oblong; base cordate. Pedicel and ovary slender, glabrous, c. 1.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers dark red, inside with paler tips. Lip golden yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-335M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.