Bulbophyllum brachypetalum Schltr. 1913 SECTION Peltopus Schlechter 1913

Photo by P Jongejan


Drawing by Vermeullen

TYPE Drawing

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

Part shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Short Petal Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] wide 1" [2.5 cm] long

Found in New Guinea on trees in range forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to close set, narrowly conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, acute, attenuate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, filiform, peduncle provided with 2 to 3 bracts, 2.4" [6 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, tip acuminate, much shorter than the ovary floral bract.

Schlechter states that this species is the smallest in the section and is easily distinguished by the lip and the flowers which are hairy on the inside. The flowers are whitish with a muddy violet-red lip.

Synonyms Peltopus brachypetalus (Schltr.) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

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