Bulbophyllum fruticulum J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Plant and Flowers

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Part shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Small Bushy Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in upper montane forests on steep slopes at elevations of 2100 to 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with porrect, cylindrical-obovoid pseudobulbs arising from above the base of the previous pseudobulb and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a porrect, short, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, acute floral bract.

J J Vermeullen states that "Bulbophyllum fruticulum is most similar to B. exiguiflorum Schltr., but differs in having much smaller leaves (.16 to .4" [.4 to 1 cm] long vs .52" [1.3 cm] in B. exiguiflorum), a much shorter pedicel with- ovary (pedicel-with-ovary .2" [5 mm] long, much more than twice the length of the bract in B. exiguiflorum), and finely erose petals (coarsely dentate in B. exiguiflorum)."


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *New Species of Bulbophyllum from Eastern Malesia Verm Nordic 2008 drawing fide;