Bulbophyllum lipochilum J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2020 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by E F de Vogel

Part shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Shiny Lip Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in montane forests on steep slopes at elevations around 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a branched, elongate, new shoot from the basal node of the pseudobulb provided with thin, withering soon rhizome scales and giving rise to distinct, .24 to 1" [0.6 to 2.5 cm] apart, cylindrical-ovoid, hardly angular pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ascending to pendent, ovate, apex acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a single or a few together, peduncle.52 to 1.24" [1.3 to 3.1 cm long, provided with 3 scales, c. 1.4" [3.5 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Bulbophyllum lipochilum J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel is most similar to Bulbophyllum chaunobulbon Schltr., with which it shares the scale-covered rhizome and the lax arrangement of the pseudobulbs and the glabrous lip, but differs in having wider petals (index .56 to .6" [1.4 to 1.5], versus .68 to 1.2" [1.73.0]), in the ovate lip with a drawn-out apex (versus lip oblong), and in the about porrect stelidia (versus stelidia sigmoid)." J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2020


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankesteriana 20(3) 322, fig. 14, 18C J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2020 drawing fide ;