Bulbophyllum mystrochilum

Bulbophyllum mystrochilum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 721

Type: Schlechter 19181 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, creeping, c. 4 cm high. Rhizome short. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, conical-cylindrical, glabrous; 0.7-1 by 0.25-0.4 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf erect or suberect, narrowly ligulate, minutely apiculate, glabrous, 2-2.5 by 0.25-0.4 cm wide; base gradually slightly narrowed into a petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, very short, with a few small peduncle-scales, 0.5 cm long. Floral bracts triangular, acute, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Sepals patent, oblong, shortly acuminate or apiculate, margins minutely finely ciliate. Lateral sepals oblique, the upper margin not ciliate. Petals minute, obliquely oblong-ligulate, obtuse; margins sparsely finely ciliate. Lip not mobile, cochleate-pandurate, somewhat concave, broadly obtuse, 0.35 by 0.15 cm in apical half; base minutely auriculate; in apical half cochleate-obovate; underneath densely puberulous; margins finely ciliate. Column slightly curved; stelidia porrect, apically 2-angular, oblong-quadrangular; column-foot almost absent. Anther reniform-cucullate, glabrous, umbo elliptic, apiculate, glabrous. Ovary pedicellate, glabrous, including the slender pedicel 0.35 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers whitish with red nerves. Lip red with yellow apex.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1215M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.