Bulbophyllum bombycinum J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Plant and Flowers

Photos by P Jongejan and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by J J Vermeulen and the Research Gate Website

Full shade Cool

Common Name The SilkWorm Like Bulbophyllum [refers to the velvety surface of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea on tree trunks at elevations around 1400 meters as miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with .16 to .2" [.4 to .5 cm] between each obliquely erect, ovoid, with or without a slightly drawn out apical part pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate, acute to acuminate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect to patent, peduncle .48 to .56" [1.2 to 1.4 cm] long, 2 bracted, 1.6 to 2.2" [4.5 to 5.5 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, apiculate floral bracts.

According to J J Vermuellen this orchid is closest to B muriaceum but differs in the ciliolate sepals and a partly papillose-pubesacent lip.


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