Bulbophyllum ligulifolium J.J.Sm. 1934 SECTION Intervallatae Ridley 1897

Old Inflorescence right, new inflorescence left

Photos by J J Vermeulen

Part shade Hot Winter Spring

Common Name The Spoon Shaped Leaf Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in western New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations of 250 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a creeping, branched rhizome giving rise to elongated, .4 to .56" [1 to 1.4 cm] between each pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, very narrow, sublanceolate-linear, coriaceous, apex narrowed, subacute, thickly laterally compressed-apiculate, midrib above grooved, underneath obtusely prominent, gradually weakly narrowing below into a channelled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring from the base of the pseudobulb, peduncle thin, c. 6.6" [16.5 cm] long, the basal part provided with c. 4 small, tubular sheaths, rachis flexuose, punctate, 1" [2.5 cm] long, 9+ flowered inflorescence with distichous, obliquely funnel-shaped, slightly incurved, strongly keeled, the keel long beyond the apex extended, laterally compressed, acute, punctate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Nova Guinea 18:68 J J Smith 1935 Drawing fide