Bulbophyllum chimaera Schltr. 1913 SECTION Schistopetalum Schlechter 1913

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Flower photo?

Photo by Geoff Stocker Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Plant and Flower?

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


Common Name The Chimarea Bulbophyllum [Mythical Monster]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea in montane forests on tree trunks devoid of moss at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing, descending epiphyte with a flexible rhizome with 1" [2.5 cm] between each ovoid, 4-angled pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, elliptic, glabrous, apiculate leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, pendant, single flowered inflorescence that arise on old and new pseudobulbs repeatedly over many years with very small, many times shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying golden yellow flowers with red spotted petals and an orange -yellow lip densely spotted in red.

CAUTION!!The photos above are suspect, The lip does not conform to Schlechter's TYPE Drawing which is absolutely correct!

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