Bulbophyllum inclinatum

Bulbophyllum inclinatum J.J.Sm., Nova Guinea 18 (1935) 57, pl. 12, fig. 36

Type: Docters van Leeuwen 10394

Epiphyte, very small. Rhizome creeping, rooting. Pseudobulbs very small, adnate to the rhizome, moniliform, obliquely depressed, suborbicular to subelliptic, fleshy, 0.25-0.55 by 0.4-0.44 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf sessile, appressed to the substrate, ovate, obtuse, with a small, conical, acute, more or less recurved apicula, fleshy, 0.7-1.1 by 0.4-0.63 cm; base rounded; above on either side of the midrib channelled, convex; underneath concave, with a prominent, obtusely angled midrib; above rugulose-verrucose. Inflorescences 1-flowered, from the rhizome, short; peduncle 0.23 cm long; with few small, short, tubular scales. Floral bract obliquely funnel-shaped, 0.1 cm long; apex obliquely truncate, acute. Flower very small, inclined, 0.5 cm long; sepals cohering (bene expanded?). Median sepal incurved, concave, sublinear, obtuse, acute apiculate, 3-nerved, slightly more than 0.6 by 0.13 cm. Lateral sepals concave, above conduplicate, obliquely cymbiform, obliquely ovate, narrowed to the apex, shortly conduplicate-acuminate, acute, 3-nerved, 0.53 by 0.26 cm. Petals very small, slightly falcate-subulate, acute, 1-nerved, 0.27 cm long; base over the lobule 0.07 cm wide; front margin at the base dilated in a triangular, obtuse lobule. Lip immobile, making an acute angle with the ovary, slightly sigmoid, simple, oblong, when not flattened slightly more than 0.4 by 0.2 cm; base truncate; lower part strongly concave, underneath convex; front part slightly convex, fascia wide, longitudinal, low; median concave, oblong, thinly transversely rugulose, at 2/3 above the base the rugulose part dilated and covering the entire apex; apex rounded. Column slender, above the base strongly incurved, on either side side longitudinally angular, dorsally towards apex with a small longitudinal rib, slightly more than 0.3 cm long; clinandrium concave; stelidia porrect, obliquely quadrangular, extended in a triangular, somewhat falcate, curved upwards acute very minutely erose tooth, the lower margin dilated in an obtuse, triangular, somewhat erose lobule; stigma longitudinal, linear, fissiforme, towards the base narrowly acute; column-foot short, callus-like. Anther cucullate, laterally compressed, slightly cordate-ovate, extended in a triangular, subobtuse beak, almost 0.1 cm long; above convex; connective longitudinally thickened, high, narrow. Ovary curved, terete, 6-grooved, 0.2 cm long; pedicel somewhat slender, 0.17 cm long. (After Smith, 1935)

Colours: Flower red, with lighter longitudinal stripes.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 250 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); see map 96-860M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.