Bulbophyllum leptobulbon Verm. 1996 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo courtesy of David Banks of Australia 2002

Flower Closeup

Photos courtesy of Tony Watkinson

Common Name or Meaning The Thin Pseudobulb Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A rare species from Papua and New Guinea at elevations around 2200 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to cylindrical or narrowly obovoid, 1 to 1.32" [2.5 to 3.3 cm] apart, somewhat flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic to obovate to ovate, obtuse, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a Peduncle 4.0-4.5 cm; provided with 3, the longest c. .24" [6 mm], acute bracts, 3.6 to 4.8" [9 to 12 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, cuspidate floral bracts.

"Somewhat similar to B. neoguineense J.J.Sm.; differs by the lip being shorter than 1/4 of the length of the median sepal, and by the short, triangular stelidi" J J Vermeulen 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Blumea 41:357 J J Vermeulen 1996 drawing fide; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008 Vermuellen