Bulbophyllum oreocharis

Bulbophyllum oreocharis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 791

Type: Schlechter 18010 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very long creeping. Rhizome strongly elongated, filiform, flexuose. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs very small, 2.5-3.5 cm apart, subglobose, 0.15-0.2 cm wide; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, elliptic, obtuse, or minutely apiculate, glabrous, 1-1.8 by 0.4-0.8 cm near the middle; base narrowed into a very short petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, 2-3.5 cm long, filiform, erect, with a few peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, many times shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Flower glabrous. Sepals elliptic, acuminate, 0.7 cm long. Lateral sepals falcate-oblique. Petals broadly and obliquely elliptic, subobtuse, 0.28 cm long. Lip oblong, tongue-shaped, obtuse, somewhat fleshy, almost as long as the sepals; at base with 2 minute auricles. Column short; stelidia rhombic, obliquely truncate; column-foot incurved, with an oblique, acute basal callus. Anther broadly rhomboid-cucullate, umbonate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary slender, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flowers dark carmine-red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1308M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.