Bulbophyllum antennatum Schltr. 1905 SECTION Lepanthanthe Schlechter 1913


Photos by P Jongejan

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cool Cold LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Antennae Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in montane forests at elevations around 1300 to 2600 meters as a cool to cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to discoid to ovoid, .32 to 2.4" [.8 to 6 cm] apart, not laterally flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic to obovate, tip rounded, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, peduncle 4.6 to 14" [11.5 to 35 cm] long, sometimes verrucose towards the tip, provided with 4 to 5 bracts, rachis erect, arching or nodding, up to 5.2" [13 cm], verrucose or not, 4.8 to 24" [12 to 60 cm] long, usually successively single, up to c. 100-flowered inflorescence with (slightly) cymbiform, elliptic to obovate, tip acute to acuminate, margins finely papillose; abaxially with a distinct, sometimes erose median keel floral bract

Schlechter states that the flowers are red, the petals ate white at the base, the lip dark red with little white ears and a white margin, and the column is white with a red foot.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea P. Van Royen 1979; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 drawing fide;