Bulbophyllum quasimodo

Bulbophyllum quasimodo J.J.Verm., Rheedea 1 (1991) 69, fig. 2

Type: Brass 7213 (holo AMES; iso L, also alc.)

Rhizome creeping, 0.06-0.18 cm diam. Roots spreading. Pseudobulbs discoid to ovoid, 0.1-3 cm apart, 0.08-0.3 by 0.1-0.2 cm, not laterally flattened. Petiole 0.1-0.6 cm. Leaf blade elliptic, 0.9-5.3 by 0.4-1.7 cm, index 2.2-3.8; tip obtuse. Inflorescences single, or a few together on a short sympodium, 1.5-6.5 cm, to 20-flowered; peduncle 0.8-2 cm, bracts 2-3. the longest 0.15-0.25 cm. Rachis erect or arching, distinctly zigzag bent, to 4.5 cm. Floral bracts triangular, 0.15-0.22 cm; tip acute, abaxially with a distinct median keel. Pedicel and ovary 0.35-0.5 cm, with the node 0.08-0.1 cm from the floral bract. Flowers scattered, 1 open time, moderately opening. Median sepal ovate to elliptic, 0.22-0.45 by 0.2-0.22 cm, index 1-2.1; tip a straight or curved, subulate projection 0.04-0.06 cm long, ending in a thickened knob, margins approximately glabrous or slightly erose, thin; surface glabrous; abaxially with a median keel with a lacerate crest. Lateral sepals oblique, transversely ovate, 0.18-0.22 by 0.18-0.2 cm, index approximately 1. top part incurved or not, with a globular projection, margins somewhat papillose, otherwise as the median sepal. Petals oblique, ovate, 0.12-0.15 by 0.07-0.1 cm, index 1.3-1.8; tip rounded, thin, glabrous. Lip curved towards the tip, general outline ovate to elliptic, 0.13-0.15 by 0.06-0.09 cm, index 1.6-2.2 (not spread); tip obtuse, margins glabrous or very finely papillose-finely ciliate; rather thick but soft; surface glabrous; adaxially concave near the base, convex but furrowed along the median line towards the tip; abaxially with a distinct, retuse median ridge. Column from ovary to the tip of the rostellum 0.07-0.1 cm; stigma protruding at its base, elliptic. Column-foot approximately without accessories. Stelidia rather inconspicuously, deltoid, 0.02 cm; tip approximately acute; upper margin somewhat erose. Anther abaxially with a ridge towards its base; front margin protruding. (After Vermeulen, 1993)

Colours: Flower pale green or greenish brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1531M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.