Bulbophyllum phaeoglossum

Bulbophyllum phaeoglossum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 766

Type: Schlechter 18782 (holo B, lost; iso AMES, BO)

Epiphyte, small, 20-30 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs ovoid-conical, 2-3.5 by 1-1.5 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaf elliptic-ligulate, acuminate, glabrous, 20-26 by 2.5-4 cm near the middle; base gradually narrowed into the short petiole. Inflorescences 1-flowered, short, 1.5-2 cm long, close together; peduncle-scales few. Floral bract cucullate, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Flower erect. Sepals ovate, obtuse, stellate-pitted, 0.8 cm long. Median sepal with minutely papillose-finely ciliate margins. Lateral sepals with the base of the facing margins somewhat dilated. Petals obliquely linear-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.35 cm long. Lip curved, fleshy, ovate tongue-shaped, obtuse, 0.5 cm long; underneath very minutely papillose. Column short, glabrous; stelidia lanceolate-triangular, subobtuse; column-foot incurved. Anther oblongoid-cucullate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary very slender, glabrous, 2-2.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower green, densely spotted violet. Lip brown, lightly spotted violet.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 1800-2200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September, November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1413M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.