Bulbophyllum aureoapex Schltr. 1913 SECTION Codonosiphon Schlechter 1913

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

Part shade Hot LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Golden Apex Bulbophyllum [refers to the color of the apex of the lip]

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm] long

Found in New Guinea on trees in riverine, lowland forests at elevations around 100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a very short rhizome giving rise to close set, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic to oblong, obtuse to minutely apiculate leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, basal, very short, few bracted, single flowered inflorescence with minutely acuminate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are dark carmine with a golden yellow apex to the labellum and a white column and the petals are whitish with a red spot above the base. It is similar to B leontoglossum but differs in the broader leaves, the shape of the flower and the very different floral parts.

Synonyms Hapalochilus aureoapex (Schltr.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide