Bulbophyllum stictanthum

Bulbophyllum stictanthum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 726

Type: Schlechter 19536 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, spreading, to 40 cm long. Rhizome elongated, stem-like, flexuose, covered with rather large, wide, cucullate sheaths. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs laxly arranged along the rhizome, erect-patent, cylindrical-conical, 1.5-2 by 0.35-0.45 cm above the base; 1-leaved. Leaf suberect, elliptic-ligulate, apiculate, glabrous, 5-8 by 1.2-2 cm near the middle; base weakly narrowed into a petiole. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, covered with peduncle-scales. Floral bracts similar to the sheaths, somewhat shorter than the ovary. Flower glabrous, c. 1 cm wide. Sepals elliptic, apiculate, reflexed, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique; at the base along the front margin somewhat dilated. Petals minute, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acute, 0.15 cm long. Lip immobile, oblong, obtuse, somewhat fleshy, 0.35 cm long; grooved underneath. Column without column-foot, slightly curved, twice as long as the petals; stelidia rhombic, upper margin with few teeth. Anther oblongoid-cucullate, umbonate, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, sessile, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower whitish. Sepals densely spotted red. Lip red-brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 450-1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1752M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.