Bulbophyllum scutiferum

Bulbophyllum scutiferum J.J.Verm., Orchid Monogr. 7 (1993) 173, fig. 129

Type: Brass 9370 (holo AMES; iso L)

Rhizome creeping, 0.8-1.2 mm diam. Pseudobulbs ovoid, 0.1-0.7 cm apart, 0.3-0.8 by 0.2-0.3 cm, not or hardly flattened. Petiole 1.5-4 mm. Leaf blade elliptic to obovate, 0.5-2.8 by 0.25-0.5 cm, index 1.3-7; tip obtuse to acute. Inflorescence 3.5-9 cm, 1-flowered; peduncle 2-6 cm. Floral bracts c. 3. the longest 1-3.2 mm Floral bracts tubular, 12.5 mm; tip acute. Pedicel and ovary 8-17 mm, with the node 1-2.5 mm from the floral bract. Flowers moderately opening. Median sepal elliptic, 4.5-11.5 by 2.5-4.5 mm, index 1.8-3.8; tip acute, thin, glabrous. Lateral sepals free, ovate to elliptic, 4-13.5 by 2-4.5 mm, index 2-3.6; otherwise as the median sepal. Petals triangular, 0.3 by 0.5 mm, index 0.6; tip subacute, thin, glabrous. Lip curved base, general outline obovate, 1.8-3 by 1-3 mm, index 1-2 (not spread); tip broadly rounded; rather thick, glabrous; adaxially with a rather inconspicuously basal concavety, basal teeth converging, together forming a transversely ridge, basal part of the lip slightly concave, passing with an inconspicuously, v-shaped transversely ridge into the top part of the lip, top part of the lip slightly convex, with a median furrow; abaxially without a median ridge. Column from ovary to the tip of the rostellum 1.4-2.7 mm; rostellum distinctly protruding; stigma ovate, slightly protruding at its base. Column-foot with a small, approximately straight, obtuse, central knob above the attachment of the lip. Anther abaxially with a ridge towards its base; front margin somewhat protruding. (After Vermeulen, 1993)

Colours: Flower yellowish, sometimes mottled with purple.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1668M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.