Bulbophyllum kenejianum

Bulbophyllum kenejianum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 801

Type: Schlechter 18343 (syn B, lost; K); 18964 (syn B, lost)

Epiphyte, creeping, very small. Rhizome elongated. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs somewhat incumbent, minute, ovoid-cylindrical, 0.15-0.2 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaf erect-patent, elliptic, obtuse, or minutely apiculate, somewhat carnose, 0.6-1 by 0.4-0.6 cm near the middle; base cuneate. Inflorescence 1-flowered, c. 1.5 cm long, erect, wiry, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts cucullate, as long as the sessile ovary. Flower in the section hardly medium size, not resupinated. Sepals lanceolate, subobtuse, glabrous, 0.45 cm long. Petals obliquely broadly ovate, apiculate, glabrous, 0.15 cm long; margins here and there subdentate. Lip narrowly oblong-ligulate, apiculate, 0.4 cm long; base with 2 minute auricles; above the base with a reniform callus; median on upper side with a longitudinal, obtuse keel; below the middle somewhat constricted; in the apical half with slightly undulate margins, feather-like ciliate, with long, patent, at the apex thickened, bristle-like hairs. Column very short; stelidia falcate-ligulate, subacute; column-foot rather thick. Ovary sessile, glabrous, 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower violet-purple, near the base yellow. Petals yellow with green apex. Lip with violet margins and hairs.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland (gallery) forest; 150-350 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-913M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.