Bulbophyllum desmotrichoides Schltr. 1913 SECTION Imitatores J.J.Verm. , Schuit. & de Vogel 2014

Photo by E F de Vogel


Drawing by Vermeullen

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and the Swiss Orchid Foundation

Part shade Hot Cool LATE Winter Spring

Common Name The Desmotrichum-Like Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in New Guinea in primary and secondary forests at elevations around 200 to 2000 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, pstent or pendulous rhizome with .24 to 5.6" [.6 to 14 cm] between each ovoid to ellipsoid not flattened, suberect pseudobulb carrying a single apical, suberect, ovate to elliptic, obtuse to acute, contracted below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, peduncle [.8 to 1.3 cm] long, 3 bracts, .52 to 1.6" [1.3 to 4 cm] long overall, rachis [.7 to 1.7 cm] long, densely, simultaneously many, 5 to 20 flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying moderately opening flowers.

Schlechter states that the flowers are whitish and the pale yellow lip is often suffused with purple towards the base.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum breviscapum J.J.Sm. 1910; Bulbophyllum planifolium W.Kittr. 1984 publ. 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 drawing fide;