Bulbophyllum longiscapum Rolfe 1896 SECTION Intervallatae Ridley 1897

Photos by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Long Scaped Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa, as a unifoliate epiphyte at elevations of sealevel to 500 meters in mangrove swamps and open forests with 1 3/43" between the ovoid pseudobulbs carrying the single, apical, linear-oblong, subacute leaf that blooms on a basal, slender, to 28" [80 cm] long inflorescence with a few sequentially opening flowers on a short expanding rachis occuring over several months. This species requires a moisture holding medium in a large pot, hot temperatures, partial shade and ample water and fertilizer.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum macrolepis L.O.Williams 1938; Bulbophyllum praealtum Kraenzl. 1909; Macrolepis longiscapa A. Rich. 1833

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae in German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/1985; Orchidaceae in German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/1985 as B praealtum; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 as B longiscarpum stamp fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Lankestriana 11(2): 99-177 Whistler & Cribb 2011 Photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014 photo fide;