Bulbophyllum ichthyosme J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889

Plant and Flowers

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FragrantPart shadeHot warm Spring

Common Name The Fishy Smelling Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in western New Guinea at elevations around 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with 3.2" [8 cm] between each ovoid, slighly flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the 1.6" [4 cm] long, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to patent becoming arching, to 23.2" [58 cm] long, rather dense, 12 to 20 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fetid smelling flowers

J J Vermeullen states that "Bulbophyllum ichthyosme is similar to Bulbophyllum wakoi Howcroft, but differs in having a narrower lip, not having an abaxial crest on the teeth along the lower margin of the stelidia, and in having distinct wings on the column-foot, next to the ligament."


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