Bulbophyllum leptopus Schltr. 1905 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter And The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Lion's Tongue Bulbophyllum

Flower Size rather small

Found in New Guinea on trees in lower range forests at elevations around 750 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping to pendulous, elongated, somewhat terete rhizome giving rise to distant, adpressed to the rhizome, ascending, slender, to the apex hardly narrowed, terete, glabrou pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect-patent, lanceolate-acuminate, hardly coriaceous, base narrowed into a short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall and winter on slender, usually numerous, filiform, glabrous, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, 2 times shorter than the pedicellate ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are yellow with dark red spotted petasls and a brown-yellow lip.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum paniscus Ridl. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001