Bulbophyllum epibulbon Schltr. 1913 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by E F de Vogel

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Riding Bulbed Bulbophyllum [refers to the connate pseudobulbs]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in lower range forests at elevations around sea level to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with cylindrical, connate to the rhizome pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-ligulate, acute, distinctly attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a very short few bracted, single flowered inflorescence with very small, slightly more than half as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are characterized by hirsute petals and by the labellum. The flowers are white, the lip brown-red and has a yellow lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991