Bulbophyllum dolichoglottis

Bulbophyllum dolichoglottis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 715

Type: Schlechter 19451 (holo B, lost; iso AMES)

Epiphyte, very small, caespitose, 4-5 cm high. Rhizome short, creeping. Roots filiform, elongate, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs ovoid, obtusely 4-angled, 0.5-0.8 by 0.25-0.35 cm; 1-leaved. Leaves erect, elliptic or elliptic-ligulate, obtuse or subobtuse, minutely apiculate, glabrous, subcoriaceous, 1.2-3.3 by 0.4-0.8 cm near the middle; base shortly narrowed into a petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, basal, erect, filiform, glabrous, 1.5-2 cm high; with few small clasping peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, elliptic, apiculate, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Flower erect or suberect. Sepals narrowly lanceolate-linear, obtuse, glabrous, 2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals ascending, falcate, obliquely obovate-spathulate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. Lip linear, obtuse, convex, glabrous, 2.4 cm long; base obtuse and shortly auriculate; above slightly keeled; underneath hollow. Column slender, curved; stelidia short, with many teeth, with a deflexed, linear, long lower tooth; column-foot absent. Anther ellipsoid-cucullate, papillose, with an umbo. Pedicel and ovary slender, glabrous. 0.8-1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower white, outside striped red. Petals spotted red. Lip snow-white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-536M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.