Bulbophyllum leontoglossum

Bulbophyllum leontoglossum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 722

Type: Schlechter 20354 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, small, 6-12 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs cylindrical-ovoid or ovoid, 0.7-1.7 by 0.3-0.7 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf elliptic-ligulate or ligulate, apiculate, glabrous, 4-10 by 0.7-1.5 cm near the middle; base gradually somewhat narrowed. Inflorescences 1-flowered, usually clustered, very short, 0.2-0.3 cm long, covered with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Flower erect or suberect, small for the section. Sepals oblong, apiculate, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals minute, subfalcate, lanceolate-ligulate, subacute, glabrous, 0.1 cm long. Lip immobile, oblongoid-cylindrical, obtuse, 0.3 by 0.15 cm near the middle; at the base above with almost auricle-like margins; in apical half densely muricate-papillose. Column slightly curved; stelidia porrect, apically truncate, upper margin tridentate, with a long front tooth; without column-foot. Anther ovate-cordate, cucullate, glabrous, with oblong umbo. Pedicel and ovary short, glabrous, 0.35 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flowers dark cherry-red. Column white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-973M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.