Bulbophyllum dendrochiloides

Bulbophyllum dendrochiloides Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 871

Type: Schlechter 18237 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Rhizome creeping but with the most recently developed parts usually patent or pendulous, 0.5-1.8 mm diam.; rhizome scales of the longest internodes distinctly shorter than those internodes, leaving bare large portions of the rhizome. Roots in tufts below most pseudobulbs. Pseudobulbs ovoid to cylindrical, 0.8-4 cm apart, 0.5-1.1 by 0.15-0.3 cm, not or hardly flattened. Petiole 2-7 mm. Leaf blade approx. elliptic, 2-6.5 by 0.40.7 cm, index 4.2-14, tip obtuse to acute. Inflorescence 5.5-16 cm, 10-35-flowered. Peduncle 4-8.5 cm; bracts 4-5, the longest 5-6 mm. Rachis erect, 2-6 cm. Floral bracts ovate to triangular, 1.2-3 mm, tip acute. Pedicel and ovary 2.5-5.5 mm, with the node 0.2-0.5 mm from the floral bract. Flowers many open at the time, moderately opening. Median sepal ovate to triangular, 2.8-6 by 0.7-1.2 mm, index 3.5-7.5, tip obtuse to long acuminate; rather thin; glabrous. Lateral sepals free, 3-7.5 by 0.5-1.3 mm, index 47.5, otherwise as the median sepal. Petals oblique, ovate to elliptic, 0.7-1.5 by 0.3-0.6 mm, index 1.7-3.8, tip obtuse to acute; margins glabrous to coarsely erose; thin; surface glabrous. Lip slightly curved, general outline ovate, divided into a basal part which is semi-circular or semi-elliptic in lateral view and which can be spread out easily, and a narrow top part, 1.2-1.8 by 0.4-0.6 mm, index 2.8-3.6 (not spread), tip obtuse to acute; rather thin and solid; approx. glabrous; adx. distinctly concave in the basal part, with 2 inconspicuous ridges converging in front approx. half-way; abx. approx. without a median ridge. Column from ovary to the tip of the stelidia 0.4-0.7 mm; stigma protruding at its base, approx. elliptic; column-foot without accessories. Stelidia inconspicuous, triangular, tip acute; upper margin often erose. Anther abx. with a ridge; front margin protruding. Pollinia 2. (After Vermeulen, 1993)

Colours: Sepals and petals very pale greenish, yellowish or creamy white. Lip yellowish or greenish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000-2900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, February, May, September, October, November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea; see map 96-488M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.