Bulbophyllum myon

Bulbophyllum myon J.J.Verm., Blumea 34 (1990) 501, fig. 2

Type: Jongejan cult. 1388 = Leiden cult. 25962 (holo L; iso K, both alc. only)

Rhizome pendulous, often perpendicularly so, to 80 cm long; somewhat flattened and winged, large,t diam. 0.06-0.12 cm Rhizome scales of the longest internodes distinctly shorter than those internodes, leaving bare large portions of the rhizome. Roots generally close to the base of the rhizome. Pseudobulbs ovoid to approximately cylindrical, 1.86.5 cm apart, 0.8-2 by 0.2-0.3 cm, not flattened. Petiole 1-3 mm. Leaf blade ovate, 2.5-10.8 by 0.3-0.9 cm, index 4.5-21; tip acute-acuminate. Inflorescence 2-10 cm, 2-8-flowered; peduncle 3.5-5 cm. Floral bracts c. 3. the longest 4-5 mm. Rachis pendulous, 0.7-5 cm. Floral bracts ovate, 1.2-2 mm, acute. Pedicel and ovary 4-6 mm, with the node 0.1-0.2 cm from the floral bract. Flowers all open time, moderately opening. Median sepal ovate, 7.5-12 by 3.8-4.5 mm, index 1.9-3.2; tip (sub)acute, margins finely papillose-finely ciliate, thin; surface glabrous. Lateral sepals connate, 9-14 by 2.8-3.5 mm, index 2.8-5. margins glabrous or slightly papillose; otherwise as the median sepal. Petals ovate to elliptic, 2.6-4 by 1.8-2.2 mm, index 1.5-2; tip rounded to obtuse, margins glabrous to somewhat erose, thin; surface glabrous. Lip approximately straight, general outline ovate, 2.6-3 by 1.2-1.3 mm, index 2-2.3. (not spread); tip rounded, thick but soft, glabrous; adaxially concave near the base, with 2 ridges converging in front approximately halfway; abaxially with an inconspicuously, retuse median ridge. Column from ovary to the tip of the stelidia 1.2-1.8 mm; stigma protruding at its base, elliptic, Column-foot without accessories. Stelidia inconspicuously, deltoid; tip obtuse to acute; often with an erose upper margin. Anther abaxially with a ridge, front margin protruding. Pollinia 2. (After Vermeulen, 1993)

Colours: Sepals (creamy) yellow, often with purple veins and the tip entirely purple. Petals cream coloured, often with a purple vein. Lip yellowish, often suffused with purple.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 1500-2565 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June, November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1211M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.