Bulbophyllum alkmaarense J.J.Sm. 1911 SECTION Codonosiphon Schlechter 1913

Side View of Flower

Photos by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Common Name The Alkmaar Bulbophyllum [refers to a town in the Netherlands where the greenhouse is that had the species from New Guinea and was discovered there]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees and bushes in hill country and mist forests at elevations 1500 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a creeping, repent, frequently branching rhizome with .4" [1 cm] between each pale green, globose to ovoid, faintly shallowly ribbed pseudobulb enveloped below by a pair of imbricate, reddish brown, papery sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect to spreading, pale green, leathery, rigid, ovate, obtuse, sessile or subpetiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, very short, dark purple, slender, single flowered inflorescence carrying short lived flowers

B jadunae is said to be a synonym of this species but I have left them separate for now pending more research, although similar there appears to be a great difference in the 2 species lip.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum jensenii J.J.Sm. 1926; Hapalochilus alkmaarensis (J.J.Sm.) Garay & W.Kittr.1985 publ. 1986; Hapalochilus jensenii (J.J.Sm.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 3 2001 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #4 2011 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Gerritsen and Parsons 2013 photo fide