Bulbophyllum crocodilus J.J.Sm. 1912 SECTION Intervallatae Ridley 1897

Old Inflorescence right, new inflorescence left

Photos by J J Vermeulen

Part shade Hot Summer

Common Name The Crocodile Like Bulbophyllum [refers to the lip shape like a crocodile tail]

Flower Size 1.56" [3.9 cm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations of 300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with an elongate, creeping rhizome giving rise to obliquely erect, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] between each, obliquely ovate-oblong to ovate-linear, compressed, longitudinally grooved, in front with a small longitudinal channelled pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, pointed, base acute, midrib above grooved, underneath prominently obtuse, contracted below into a conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a basal, elongated, peduncle terete, c. 4 to 7.4" [10 to 18 cm] long, very minutely punctate, provided with c. 4 to 5 small, tubular, acute or acuminate, keeled sheaths, rachis elongated, flexuose, to c. 5" [12.5 cm] long, successively single, to c. 12 flowered inflorescence with distichous, tubular, subulate-acuminate, keeled, minutely punctate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11: 138 J J Smith 1912 Drawing fide