Bulbophyllum distichum Schltr. 1913 SECTION Intervallatae Ridley 1897 Photo by The Orchids of New Guinea Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and the Swiss Orchid Foundation

Part shade Hot Fall

Common Name The Distichous Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in forests at elevations around 450 meters as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] between each conical pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ligulate, apiculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, rigid, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, distichous, to 26" [65 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Schlechter states that the flowers are a muddy pink color, the dorsal sepal is white towards the apex and the column is white with a yellow anther.

NOTICE Even though the photo above is not that great it has an important detail that is diagnostic to the flower in question. To the right of the flower and going off to the right side of the photo can be seen a partial side view of the lip, compare that to the TYPE drawing by Schlechter of the flower in the top center showing his side angle draqwing of the lip.


References A href="https://www.tropicos.org/home">W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide