Bulbophyllum schizopetalum

Bulbophyllum schizopetalum L.O.Williams, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 12 (1946) 164

Type: Clemens 12018 (holo AMES)

Epiphyte with stem-like rhizome to more than 20 cm long. Rhizome covered with semiamplexicaul, cucullate, ovate, shortsheaths which are 7mm long. Pseudobulbs 1.52 cm long and about 0.4-0.8 cm diam., ellipsoid to ovoid. Leaves 6by 1.5cm, straight or arcuate, shortacuminate, coriaceous. Inflorescences 1to few in fascicles from the base of the pseudobulbs and from the axils of all of the sheaths at each of the nodes of the rhizome, about equalling the subtending bracts. Dorsal sepal 61.5mm, lanceolate to linearacute, 3Lateral sepals 6by 2.5mm, lanceolate to ellipticacute, slightly oblique, 3nerved, the margins somewhat involute, free. Petals 1.5 by 1.25 mm, strongly 2to 3the posterior and middle lobes largest, the anterior lobe small or almost absent, so the petals appear to be about equally divided in most cases; the posterior lobe round, the terminal lobe acute. Lip about 4 mm long, 1 mm broad and 0.75 mm deep, linearoblong, apical two thirds densely muriculate, the basal third much less so and with a smooth, subcanaliculate area above on the basal half. Column of the section, about 2 mm long. (After Williams, 1947)

Colours: Flower wine red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1658M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.