Bulbophyllum kenae

Bulbophyllum kenae J.J.Verm., Orchid Monogr. 7 (1993) 162, fig. 115

Type: Cruttwell (leg. Kena) 3060 (holo L)

Rhizome creeping, 0.1 cm diam. Pseudobulbs ovoid, 0.2-0.5 cm apart, 0.4-1.2 by 0.2-0.3 cm, not or hardly flattened. Petiole 3-6 mm. Leaf blade elliptic, 2.5-6 by 0.20.3 cm, index 8-20; tip acute. Inflorescence 3-3.8 cm, 1-flowered; peduncle c. 2 cm. Floral bracts c. 2. the longest 0.2 cm. Floral bracts tubular, c. 2 mm; tip acuminate. Pedicel and ovary 7-9 mm, with the node 0.18-0.2 cm from the floral bract. Flowers moderately opening. Median sepal ovate, 12-12.5 by 2.5-3.5 mm, index 3.5-4.8; tip long acuminate, thin, glabrous. Lateral sepals free, 12-15 by 2.5-3.5 mm, index 4.3-4.8; otherwise as the median sepal. Petals triangular, 0.4-1.3 by 0.4-1 mm, index 1-1.3; tip obtuse, thin, glabrous. Lip curved, general outline ovate, 3.4-3.5 by 1 mm, index 3.4-3.5 (not spread); tip obtuse, margins long ciliate, thick; adaxially with an inconspicuously basal concavety, approximately without basal teeth, top part of the lip with two rather inconspicuously, approximately parallel ridges, in between these ridges slightly several concavee towards the tip; surface approximately glabrous except for a few long hairs close to the tip; abaxially with an inconspicuously, truncate median ridge; surface with long hairs towards the margins. Column from ovary to the tip of the rostellum c. 1.3 cm; rostellum distinctly protruding; stigma elliptic, slightly protruding at its base. Column-foot with an approximately straight, obtuse, central knob above the attachment of the lip. Anther abaxially without a ridge; front margin not protruding. (After Vermeulen, 1993)

Colours: Sepals white at their base, often with purple spots, and (brownish) purple towards the tip. Lip purple.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.