Bulbophyllum reevei

Bulbophyllum reevei J.J.Verm., Blumea 36 (1992) 479

Type: Jongejan cult. 1276 (holo L, alc.)

Rhizome creeping, 0.2-0.3 cm diam. Pseudobulbs ovoid, 0.2-0.7 cm apart, 1.2-5 by 0.4-1.1 cm, hardly flattened. Petiole 12-27 mm. Leaf blade elliptic to obovate, 5.5-13 by 2-4.2 cm, index 2.2-5.5; tip obtuse to acute. Inflorescence 9.5-33 cm, 1-flowered; peduncle 3.5-26 cm. Floral bracts 3-5. the longest 6-15 mm Floral bracts tubular, 6-13 mm; tip acuminate. Pedicel and ovary 8-40 min, with the node 0.4-0.8 cm from the floral bract. Flowers moderately opening. Median sepal ovate, 50-115 by 5-12 mm, index 4.8-12.5; tip caudate, margins approximately glabrous to finely papillose; rather thin; adaxially glabrous; abaxially glabrous oa finely hirsute. Lateral sepals free, oblique, 45-130 by 6-16 mm, index 514.5. margins glabrous; otherwise as the median sepal. Petals oblique, (transversely semi-) elliptic, (ob)ovate, or triangular, 0.2-1 by 1-1.2 mm, index 0.2-1; tip rounded to acute, margins glabrous to erose; rather thin; surface glabrous. Lip approximately straight, general outline obovate, 6.5-15 by 5-9 mm, index 1.2-2.2 (not spread; tail excluded); tip caudate (cauda 4.5-27 mm), margins glabrous or finely papillose to shortly ciliate, thick; adaxially with a distinct basal concavety, basal teeth converging, together forming a transversely ridge with a deep slit half-way, top part of the lip with a low central callus, slightly convex or approximately flat (or concave because of upturned margins), approximately glabrous; abaxially generally with a obtuse median ridge towards the tip; surface sparsely or entirely papillose-hirsute. Column from ovary to the tip of the rostellum 3-3.5 mm; rostellum distinctly protruding; stigma elliptic, hardly protruding at its base. Column-foot with a distinct, distinctly upwards pointing central knob above the attachment of the lip. Anther abaxially with a broad ridge; front margin not protruding. (After Vermeulen, 1993)

Colours: Sepals cream-coloured or pale greenish, usually heavily suffused with purple, in particular around the veins and margins; or sepals entirely purple, with a yellow tip. Petals white. Lip white or yellow, often suffused with purple, or with a purple median line and tip.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 2000-2700 m.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1549M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte, requires shaded position.