Bulbophyllum wechsbergii

Bulbophyllum wechsbergii Sieder & Kiehn, CITES Orchid Checkl. 5 (2009) 405

Basionym: Bulbophyllum rhynchoglossum

Epiphyte, slender, very small, 7-10 cm high. Rhizome short, creeping. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs close together, ovoid, 0.5-1 by 0.3-0.5 cm; 1-leaved. Leaves erect, linear-ligulate, subacute or minutely apiculate, glabrous, subcoriaceous, 2-4.5 by 0.2-0.6 cm near the middle; base narrowed. Inflorescence 1-flowered, basal, erect, slender, filiform, glabrous, 3-5 cm long; with few distant, very small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts ovate, clasping, much shorter than the slender pedicellate ovary. Flower erect or suberect. Sepals reflexed, lanceolate, acute, glabrous, 1.8 cm long. Lateral sepals somewhat oblique. Petals falcate-lanceolate, acute, glabrous, almost 0.3 cm long. Lip narrowly lanceolate-tongue-shaped, acute, glabrous, l.2 by 0.23 cm in the middle; base shortly and obtuse auriculate. Column slender, slightly curved, glabrous; stelidia porrect, in front 3-dentate; column-foot almost absent. Anther rhomboid-cucullate, umbonate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary slender, glabrous, c. 1.8 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers red. Lip apex whitish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 96-2366M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.