Bulbophyllum paululum

Bulbophyllum paululum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 787

Type: Schlechter 19585 (holo B, lost)

Small epiphyte. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs ovoid, 0.4-0.7 by 0.25-0.35 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, oblong-ligulate, obtuse, 0.7-1.3 by 0.3-0.4 cm near the middle. Inflorescence 1-flowered, 2-3.5 cm long, with a few small peduncle-scales, filiform. Floral bracts very small, much shorter than the ovary and pedicel. Flower erect. Sepals lanceolate, caudate-acuminate, 0.8 cm long, in the middle with finely ciliate margins. Lateral sepals oblique, glabrous. Petals elliptic, obtuse, 0.18 cm long; margins subdentate-irregular. Lip elliptic, obtuse, somewhat fleshy, 0.33 cm long; above the middle and along the margins especially underneath densely verruculose-papillose. Column short, glabrous; stelidia triangular, acuminate; column-foot incurved. Anther cordate-cucullate, umbonate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary slender, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower white with dark purple stripes. Petals with dark purple median stripe. Lip dark purple.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1381M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.