Bulbophyllum filicaule J.J.Sm. 1913 SECTION Oxysepala Bentham & J D Hook.f. 1883

Planmt and Flower

Photos by Ed F. de Vogel

Part shade Hot Warm LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Thread Like Inflorescence Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .18" [4.5 mm]

Found in New Guinea lowland forets at elevations of 250 to 850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a pendulous, branching, filiform rhizome enveloped by tubular, acuminate, keeled, soon become many-grooved veined, raised-puncticulate sheaths and giving rise to very small, .2 to .4" between each, spirally arranged, appressed to the rhizome, underneath flattened, subcylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong, obtuse, apiculate or shortly acute, above longitudinally grooved, somewhat fleshy, 0.85-1.6 by 0.43-0.55 cm; base somewhat twisted leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring from the nodes of the rhizome, very short, peduncle pale green, .04 to .06" [1 to 1.5 mm] long, covered with a few small, tubular, narrow, membranous sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with at the base tubular, to the top patent and concave, acute, membranous, as long as or somewhat longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum filicaule f. flavescens J.J.Sm. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12:404 J J Smith 1913 drawing fide