Bulbophyllum cruciatum J.J.Sm. 1911 SECTION Codonosiphon Schlechter 1913

Flower and Pseudobulb

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Another Flower

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Part shadeHot Winter

Common Name The Cross-Like Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .72" [1.8 cm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea on branches of primary forest trees at elevations around 200 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with squat, elliptic-conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, sub-coriaceous, elliptic-ligulate, minutely apiculate, narrowly subpetiolate below leaf that blooms in the winter on a basal, erect, shorter than the leaf, .12" [3 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, subulate-acuminate, transparent floral bracts.

It is very similar to B immobile but differs in the flowers being quite a bit larger and petals of a different shape.

It is often considered to be synomonous with B immobile and if true then Bulbophyllum cruciatum takes precedence.

Synonyms Hapalochilus cruciatus (J.J.Sm.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986; Hapalochilus mutatus (J.J.Sm.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001;