Bulbophyllum absconditum J.J. Sm 1905 SECTION Pelma [Finet] Schlechter 1913

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Plant and Flower in situ New Caledonia

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Common Name The Hidden Bulbophyllum [refers to the flower which often is camoflaged and set against the sheaths of the same color

Flower Size .2" [.5 cm]

Found in Bali, Java, Sumatra, New Caledonia and Vanuatu in mossy montane rainforests at elevations of 100 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with 3/4" [1.78 cm] between each wrinkled, conical pseudobulb enveloped basally by dry sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute leaf that blooms in the later summer on a basal, very short, single flowered inflorescence with acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum absconditum subsp. hastula J.J.Verm. 1993; Bulbophyllum neocaledonicum Schltr. 1906; Bulbophyllum ochrochlamys Schltr.1913; *Pelma absconditum Finet 1909; Pelma neocaledonicum (Schltr.) Finet 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as B neocaledonicum; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as B ochrochlamys drawing ok; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 as B neocaledonicum drawing fide; The Orchids of The High Mountains of New Guinea P Van Royen 1979 as B pelma; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 as B neocaledonicum; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Orchid Monographs vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 drawing fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 as B neocaledonicum; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003;Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2100 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing/photo fide;