Bulbophyllum inquirendum J.J.Verm. 1993 SECTION Lepanthanthe Schlechter 1913

TYPE Drawing by Vermeullen

Common Name The Inquiry Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in New Guinea in primary forests at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature in height, medium sized in length, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a pendulous rhizome with .8 to 1.8" [2 to 4.5 cm] between each cylindrical, hardly flattened pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, triangular to ovate, base often cordate, acute to acuminate apically, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on up to 3, pendulous, peduncle .4 to .44" [.4 to 1.1 cm] long, glabrous, with 4 to 5 bracts, successively single, few flowered inflorescence that is .4 to .72" [1 to 1.8 cm] long overall, with ovate, acuminate apically, margins floral bracts and carrying scattered, widely opening flowers with creamy white tepals and a purplish lip.

The name above is derived from the fact that this species position is dubious and needs more study. It may be a species showing excessive variability in the lip but it is also possible that it may be a natural hybrid between B cruttwellii and B lepanthiflorum.

Synonyms Lepanthanthe inquirenda (J.J.Verm.) Szlach. 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 drawing fide;