Bulbophyllum incumbens

Bulbophyllum incumbens Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 815

Type: Schlechter 18116 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, growing on bark, very small. Rhizome creeping. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs incumbent, obliquely ovoid 0.5-0.7 cm apart, 0.5 cm high; 1-leaved. Leaf patent, elliptic, apiculate, 1.7-2.3 by 0.8-1.2 cm in the middle. Inflorescence 1-flowered, very short, covered with peduncle-scales. Floral bracts as long as the ovary. Flower not resupinated. Sepals lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals connate up to the apex, boat-shaped. Petals obliquely lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, 0.75 cm long. Lip rhombic-elliptic, broadly obtuse, 0.18 cm long; base minutely clawed and with 2 minute auricles; margins in basal half very minutely and very shortly finely ciliate. Column short; stelidia triangular, acute; column-foot very short. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower red, to the base white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: August.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-863M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.