Bulbophyllum lemnifolium

Bulbophyllum lemnifolium Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 793

Type: Schlechter 18029 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, long creeping. Rhizome strongly elongated, filiform. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs 1-2.5 cm apart, subglobose, 0.05-0.1 cm wide. Leaf erect, orbicular, 0.3-0.5 cm long and wide, broadly obtuse or minutely apiculate. Inflorescences 1-flowered, c. 1 cm long, setiform, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, cucullate, half as long as the ovary. Flower glabrous. Sepals ovate, 0.2 cm long, obtuse. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals suborbicular, obtuse, oblique, 0.08 cm long. Lip oblong, 0.1 cm long, obtuse, fleshy, curved, obtuse; at the base in the middle slightly minutely pitted. Column very short, glabrous; stelidia obliquely triangular, subobtuse; column-foot somewhat incurved. Anther helmet-shaped-cucullate, umbonate, glabrous. Ovary sessile, cylindrical, glabrous, 0.05 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower greenish yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000-2600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-968M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.