Bulbophyllum betchei F. Muell. 1888 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by Art Vogel

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Photo By Peter O'Byrne Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Plant and flower in situ New Caledonia

Photo by Edouard Faria


Common Name Betche's Bulbophyllum [German Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1/4" or less [5 mm or less]

Found in Sulawesi, Papua and New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa on large rainforest trees overhanging rivers, streams and the ocean at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a single apical, narrowly lanceolate, apiculate, thick, fleshy leaf on a subconical to cylindrical, somewhat quadrangular pseudobulb and blooms in the summer through fall, although it is possible at any time, on a very short .4" [1 cm], single flowered [rarely 2] descending inflorescence that holds the not wide opening, thick, fleshy, diurnal, 1 to 2 flowers against the pseudobulb.

Best grown on a mount with frequent waterings, given moderate shade and high humidity.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum atroviolaceum Fleischman & Rechinger 1910; Bulbophyllum dasyphyllum Schltr. 1913; Bulbophyllum finetianum Schltr. 1906; Bulbophyllum perductum J.J.Sm. 1905; Bulbophyllum perductum var. sebesiense J.J.Sm. 1922; Bulbophyllum ponapense Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J J Smith 1905 as B perductum; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J J Smith 1908 as B perductum drawing good; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/1985; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/1985 as B dasyphyllum; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/1985 as B perductum; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; The Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 drawing/photo fide; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994 drawing fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo good; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 3 2001 photo as B finetianum; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001 as B ponapense; Orchids of Sumatra 2002; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008 Vermuellen; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2011 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015 photos ok/drawing fide