Bulbophyllum pendens

Bulbophyllum pendens J.J.Verm., Nordic J. Bot. 26 (2008) 137, fig. 6

Type: Yumte 115 (holo L), from Indonesia, Papua, Bird's head Peninsula

Roots sprouting near the base of the rhizome, growing backwards along it until reaching the substrate. Rhizome up to 30 cm long, 2-2.5 mm in diameter, sections between pseudobulbs 1.6-2.2 cm long, patent to pendulous, bracts rather persistent. Pseudobulbs 1.8-2.1 by 0.35-0.45 cm, somewhat distant, ovoid. Leaves: petiole 0.1-0.15 cm long; blade 5.2-6.3 by 0.7-0.8 cm, index (length/width) 6.5-9, elliptic, acute. Inflorescence c. 1.3 cm long, 1-flowered; peduncle c. 0.2 cm long, porrect; non-floriferous bracts c. 2, the longest c. 5 mm long; floral bract c. 4.7 mm long, tubular, acute. Flowers widely opening. Pedicel-with-ovary c. 5 mm long, basal node on a c. 1.3 mm long stump. Dorsal sepal c. 5.5 by 1.8 mm, index 3-3.1, spreading, ovate-oblong, acute-acuminate, margins entire but slightly papillose distally, base broadly attached, thin, surface glabrous. Lateral sepals c. 5 by 2.1 mm, index c. 2.6, fused along the lower margins except near the tip, obliquely ovate, margins entire, base rather broadly attached, otherwise as the dorsal sepal. Petals c. 1.5 by 1.4 mm, index c. 1.1, recurved, straight, rhombiform with obtuse edges along upper and lower margin, acute, margins erose distally, base narrowly attached, thin, surface glabrous. Lip c. 4 by 1.2 mm, index c. 3.5, attached to the column-foot by a triangular area, more or less immobile, straight, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, margins entire, with two erect, triangular, obtuse auricles proximally, touching the column face, thick and spongy, surface finely and somewhat irregularly papillose distally; adaxially with a transverse ridge just above the area of attachment, with a c. 1 mm long concave area in front, distally gradually passing into the convex distal part; abaxially convex, deeply grooved along the median line. Column c. 2 mm long, gently curved; stigma narrowly triangular, without keels inside; foot gradually thickened distally; stelidia c. 0.4 mm long, more or less triangular, acuminate, with a small, antrorse, deltoid, obtuse tooth along the upper margin, with a deltoid, obtuse tooth along the lower margin; anther-cap abaxially with a narrow crest proximally, surface finely papillose, front margin drawn out into a small, triangular, acute beak; pollinia not seen. (After Vermeulen, 2008)

Colours: Flower cream-coloured, densely spotted dark dull purple, column cream-coloured, anther-cap light yellow.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); see map 96-2328M.jpg.