Bulbophyllum barbavagabundum J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Schistopetalum Schlechter 1913

Photo by Bernard Macdonald and the Orchids Online Australia

Part Shade Hot Warm

Common Name The Bushy Haired Bulbophyllum [The name refers to the bushy, tangled hairs on the lip.]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in New Guinea in undisturbed primary forests at elevations around 450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with close set, erect, ovoid-globular, purple suffused pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ovate, obtuse, abaxial surface suffused with purple, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect to patent, basal, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute floral bracts and carrying nodding flowers

J J Vermeullen states that "Bulbophyllum barbavagabundum shares the three-pronged petals with B. trigonidioides J. J. Sm., but differs in lacking the semi-elliptic lobes along the proximal margins of the petals, in having a longer and narrower lip .18 x .12" ([4.5 x3 mm] in B. trigonidioides), and in having very short stelidia (about as long as the column body in B. trigonidoides)."


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008 Vermuellen