Bulbophyllum dryadum

Bulbophyllum dryadum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 802

Type: Schlechter 19651 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small. Rhizome creeping. Pseudobulbs laxly placed on the rhizome. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs, somewhat incumbent, oblongoid, 0.3-0.5 cm apart, 0.2-0.3 by 0.1-0.2 cm near the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, elliptic, apiculate, 0.45-0.7 by 0.3-0.5 cm near the middle; base narrowed. Inflorescence 1-flowered, 0.6 cm long, thin, erect, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts cucullate, apiculate, as long as the sessile ovary. Flower not resupinated. Sepals lanceolate-ligulate, subacute, glabrous, c. 1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, margins tightly connate up to the apex. Petals obliquely oblong, apiculate, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lip ligulate, subobtuse, in total 0.8 cm long; at the base with 2 minute auricles; above the base lobulate-dilated with auricle-like, obtuse, spreading lobules; margins with 2 rows of dense, short hairs. Column short, rather thick; stelidia subulate, short; column-foot fairly developed. Ovary sessile, glabrous, 0.18 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower reddish. Lip almost black.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-541M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.