Bulbophyllum kempfii Schltr. 1921 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by E.F. de Vogel

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name Kempf's Bulbophyllum [German Original Collector of the species 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea at elevations of 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with superposed, cylindrical, the lower ones c. 2 x .12" [5 x 0.3 cm], the upper ones slightly more than half as long pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ligulate, subacute, somewhat narrowed towards the base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a single, short, peduncle provided with a few small scales, single flowered inflorescence with ovate, apiculate, almost 3 times shorter than the pedicellate ovary floral bracts.

"Schlechter states that this species is similar to and about as big as in Bulbophyllum rhodoglossum .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17:379 Schlechter 1921;