Bulbophyllum punamense

Bulbophyllum punamense Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 797

Type: Schlechter 14657 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs minute, subglobose, hardly 0.15 cm long; 1-leaved. Leaf erect, ligulate, obtuse, 2.5-5.5 by almost 0.5-1 cm in the middle; base gradually somewhat narrowed. Inflorescence 1-flowered, filiform, erect, with a few small peduncle-scales, 3-9 cm long. Flower not resupinated. Sepals lanceolate, acute, glabrous, 1.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, tightly connate up to the apex. Petals obliquely-lanceolate, acute, on either side minutely and densely papillose-puberulous, 0.8 cm long. Lip linear, subulate-elongate, 0.8 cm long; base with 2 auricles; above the base with a decurrent callus; margins long-ciliate, the hairs near the base with somewhat thickened apex. Column very short, glabrous; stelidia narrowly falcate-linear; column-foot short. Ovary cylindrical, sessile, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower dark purplish red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1504M.jpg.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.