Bulbophyllum ellipticifolium J.J.Sm. 1935 SECTION Papulipetalum Schlechter 1913

Photo by Art Vogel

Plant and Flower

Photo by E F de Vogel

Common Name The Elliptic Leaved Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations of 175 to 250 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with an elongated, pendulous or patent, branched rhizome giving rise to turned to all sides, making an acute angle with the rhizome, .6 to 2" [1.5 to 5 cm] apart, when dried as thick as the rhizome, subterete pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, obtuse, apiculate, when dried coriaceous, midrib dorsally prominent; nerves several, thin, curved, when dried above and underneath prominent, narrowed into a short, contracted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter from the nodes of the rhizome, fascicled, peduncle c. .52" [1.3 cm] long, provided at the base with a few small, tubular scales, single flowered inflorescence with tubular floral bracts.

CAUTION!!! The photo above of the flower is correct but the plant that you see behind it is not this orchid, it is a Mediocalcar, the ensuing plant photo is correct for this species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Nova Guinea 18:60, pl. 12, fig. 39 J J Smith 1935 drawing fide; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008 Vermuellen