Bulbophyllum trichaete

Bulbophyllum trichaete Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 852

Type: Schlechter 19725 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, spreading, c. 20 cm long. Rhizome stem-like, covered with acuminate sheaths. Roots only at the base of the stem, filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs minute, cylindrical, c. 1 cm apart. Leaf narrowly lanceolate, cuspidate, thick fleshy, 2-2.5 by 0.25-0.35 cm near the middle. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very short, with a few small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts as long as the ovary. Sepals ovate, acuminate, glabrous, apex extended in a long hair, including the hair 0.8 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely elliptic, glabrous, 0.25 cm long; apex minutely tridentate. Lip somewhat fleshy, elliptic, broadly obtuse, as long as the petals; base with 2 minute auricles; in the middle rather inconspicuously constricted. Column very short; stelidia very short, triangular; column-foot thickened, fairly long, straight. Anther cucullate, glabrous, obtuse, apiculate. Ovary sessile, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower sulphur yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200-2400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-1869M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.