Bulbophyllum fissipetalum

Bulbophyllum fissipetalum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 764

Type: Schlechter 19978 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, creeping, very small. Rhizome flexuose. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs ellipsoid or subglobose, 0.25-0.35 by 0.2-0.3 cm in the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf appressed to the substratum, elliptic, subacute, or subobtuse, apiculate, glabrous, 1.5-2.5 by 0.8-1.3 cm in the middle. Inflorescence 1-flowered, very short, 0.2-0.3 cm long; peduncle-scales small, concealed. Floral bracts very small, less than half as long as the ovary. Flower small. Sepals oblong, subacute, glabrous, 0.45 cm long. Petals at the base ovate, split to below the middle in 5-6 oblique, 0.15 cm long segments. Lip in outline subreniform, minutely papillose-puberulous, 0.2 cm long and wide; base retuse; in the middle knee-like bent; along the median from base to apex with a glabrous, at the base high 2-crested thickening; apex obtusely broadly apiculate. Column short; stelidia long, subulate; column-foot somewhat incurved. Anther quadrangular-cucullate, umbonate, glabrous. Ovary sessile, cylindrical, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flowers white spotted red. Lip dark red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 40 m.

Flowering time in the wild: August.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-651M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.