Bulbophyllum myrtillus

Bulbophyllum myrtillus Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 821

Type: Schlechter 18578 (syn B, lost); Schlechter 18771 (syn B, lost; AMES)

Epiphyte, branched, erect, bushy, 20-35 cm high. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Rhizome stem-like, somewhat rigid, covered with sheaths. Pseudobulbs distant, adnate to the rhizome, cylindrical, 0.3-0.4 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaf erect-patent, ligulate or oblong, apiculate, 1.7-2.7 by 0.4-0.8 cm in the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts cucullate, only slightly longer than the ovary. Sepals oblong, obtuse, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, the basal two-third connate. Petals ovate-lanceolate, almost as long as the sepals; margins subdentate; apex subulate-elongated. Lip rhombic-semioblong, obtuse, 0.2 cm long; base narrowly cuneate; basal callus short, notched; in apical half the margins densely finely ciliate. Column short; stelidia falcate-ascending, with shortly cuspidate apex; column-foot straight. Anther helmet shaped-cucullate, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, hardly 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower yellow. Petals with red margin.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 1800-2300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1213M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.