Bulbophyllum exilipes Schltr. 1913

SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

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

Common Name The Dry Lean Column Foot Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in lower montane forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with narrowly conical psuedobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-lanceolate, acute subpetiolate-attenuate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a setiform, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, few bracted, single flowered inflorescence with very small, many times shorter than the very slender pedicellate ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that this orchid is the most slender that he has seen, the peduncle and pedicel are hair thin, the shape of the petals likewise is very characteristic. The flowers are red, the lip brownish with a yellow apex and the petals are dark red with brown spots.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide