Bulbophyllum microblepharon

Bulbophyllum microblepharon Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 803

Type: Schlechter 17263 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, creeping, to 15 cm long. Rhizome elongated. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, minute, tightly adnate to the rhizome, 0.1-0.15 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, elliptic, obtuse, or minutely apiculate, fleshy, 0.4-0.7 by 0.25-0.4 cm near the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, 0.4 cm long, with a few small peduncle-scales, erect. Floral bracts cucullate, as long as the ovary. Flower not resupinated. Sepals lanceolate, acute, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, tightly connate up to the apex. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ovate, subobtuse, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. Lip linear-ligulate, acute, 0.3 cm long; base with 2 minute auricles; above the base dilated in 2 divergent, obtuse, lobules and with 2 very small calli; in apical half along the margin ciliate with very thin, short bristle-like hairs. Column very short; stelidia lanceolate-triangular, subobtuse; column-foot short, somewhat incurved. Anther cucullate, glabrous. Ovary sessile, glabrous, 0.1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower red. Sepals and petals dark red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1142M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.