Bulbophyllum cerinum Schltr. 1913 SECTION Brachypus Schlechter 1913

Photo by Andre Schuiteman

TYPE Drawing

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

Part shade Cool LATER Spring THROUGH EARLY Fall

Common Name The Waxen Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea and Solomon Islands on trees in range forests at elevations around 1000 to 1520 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to narrowly ovoid to ovoid-cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring through early fall on an erect, filiform, .48 to .68" [1.2 to 1.7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with cucullate, distinctly shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are yellowish white, the sepals are dotted brown on the inside near the base, the lip is pale brown and is thickly dotted in the middle with violet.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 not = B tetratropis; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 21 2018 photo fide