Bulbophyllum alpinum (P.Royen) J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014 SECTION Pedilochilus [Schlechter] J J Verm & O'Byrne 2011

TYPE Drawing of Pedilochilus alpinus by P Van Royen

Part shade Cold Fall LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Alpine Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .18" [4.5 mm]

Found in New Guinea in alpine forests at elevations of 2660 to 3560 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, sometimes mat forming epiphyte or terrestrial with a light green, creeping, branched rhizome giving rise to green or yellowish, glabrous, slightly apart, erect, ovoid, compressed, 2-5(-14) by 1-3 mm, pseudobulbs basally covered by several ovate-oblong, acute bracts and carrying a single, apical, olive green, lighter below, patent or spreading, papillate in apical part of margin only, oblong-elliptic to elliptic-obovate, acute, V-shaped in cross section, midrib grooved above, prominent and crenulate-wavy below, lateral nerves not or clearly visible, margin thin, crenulate wavy, revolute leaf that blooms in the fall , late winter and early spring on a single or in bundles of 2 to 4, peduncle pale yellow or light green, glabrous, .6 to 2.8" [1.5 to 7 cm] long, provided at base with narrowly tubular, obliquely truncate, acute, crested, with one bract halfway and one apical bract, single flowered inflorescence with whitish, glabrous, widely funnel shaped, truncate and apiculate, single nerved, shorter to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers that are whitish, yellowish green or brown with purple dots, or very light yellow with purple tinge, or light brown with dark red brown spots on outside and red brown bands on inside, lip purple or light yellow with purple dots.

Synonyms *Pedilochilus alpinus P.Royen 1979; Pedilochilus alpinus var. fasciculatus P.Roye 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Alpine Fl. New Guinea 2:251 P Royen 1979 as Pedilochilus alpinus drawing fide; *Phytotaxa 166[2]:106 J J Vermeulen 2014 drawing fide