Bulbophyllum simile Schltr. 1913 SECTION Pelma [Finet] Schlechter 1913

Drawing by Vermeullen

TYPE Drawing

Type Drawing of B erythrochilum Drawings by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Similar Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in range forests at elevations around 1000 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a branching rhizome giving rise to close set, .8 to 2.2" [2 to 5.5 cm] apart, oblong to subglobose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, apiculate leaf that blooms in the summer on a very short, few bracted, single flowered inflorescence.

Schlechter states that the flowers of B simile are white with a lip that is brown that becomes yellow with time.

Schlechter states that the flowers of B erythrochilum are white with a cinnabar red lip .

Synonyms Bulbophyllum erythrochilum Schltr. 1913; Pelma simile (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kulak 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as B erythrochilum drawing fide; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide