Bulbophyllum graveolens

Bulbophyllum graveolens (F.M.Bailey) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 24

Basionym: Cirrhopetalum graveolens

Epiphyte, robust. Rhizome short. Roots flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs close together, ovoid or broadly ellipsoid, thick, 5-6.5 by 3-4.5 cm at or below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, elliptic, obtuse, apiculate, c. 50 by 11-12.5 cm in the middle; base gradually narrowed into a short petiole. Inflorescence 4-8-flowered, umbelliform, erect, with a few peduncle-scales, somewhat shorter than the pseudobulbs; peduncle rather thick. Floral bracts elliptic, somewhat shorter than the ovary. Flowers patent. Median sepal elliptic, shortly acuminate or apiculate, 1.2 cm long. Lateral sepals ligulate, subobtuse, glabrous, 3 cm long; outer margins connate. Petals obliquely elliptic, apiculate, 0.8 cm long. Lip fleshy, curved, oblong, obtuse, glabrous, 0.8 cm long; upper side with 2 parallel keels. Column short; stelidia ovate-lanceolate, acuminate; column-foot incurved. Anther helmet shaped-cucullate, glabrous; in front incised. Pedicel and ovary glabrous, 0.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower [yellowish]green, [lip red-purple].

Habitat: Epiphyte in forest; 50-600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May, September, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea; see map 96-762M.jpg.