Bulbophyllum calceilabium J.J.Sm. 1929 SECTION Brachypus Schlechter 1913

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Part shade Cool LATER Spring

Common Name The Shoe-Shaped Lip Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .56" [1.4 cm] long

Found in New Guinea in mossy Vaccinium forests at elevations around 1420 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short, creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to probably terete, at an acute angle with the rhizome, dark green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, dark green, shining above, dull beneath, leathery, lanceolate, slightly falcate-acuminate, acute, midrib above grooved, below prominent, when dried coriaceous, narrowing below into a channelled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on from the rhizome, peduncle thin, c. 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, provided at the base with several small, close together, overlapping, tubular sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with tubular-funnel-shaped, keeled, apiculate floral bracts and carrying medium sized flowers with egg-yellow sepals , the dorsal violet dotted inside, the laterals with a yellowish white border and tip, yellowish white petals, a light yellow lip , the column light yellow with lilac at the base and the ovary and pedicel greenish white or light green.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Nova Guinea 14:456, pl. 74, fig. 103 J J Smith 1929