Bulbophyllum melilotus J.J.Sm. 1929 SECTION Papulipetalum Schlechter 1913


TYPE Drawing by J J Smith/other Drawing by Darmosoediro

Fragrant Part shade Hot Warm

Common Name The Honey Scented Bulbophyllum

Flower Size very small

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to close set, arranged in rows, making an acute angle with the rhizome, erect, ovoid, its apex contracted pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, shining green; underneath pale pale punctate and opaque, lanceolate, obtuse, apiculate, convex, fleshy, above on either side of the midrib grooved; underneath slightly obtuse, prominent; gradually narrowing into the channelled, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a basal, peduncle thin, purple, .3" [.75 cm] long, fasciled, single flowered inflorescence with pale purple, tubular, apiculate, keeled above floral bracts and carrying very small, slightly unpleasant scented flowers with a yellowish white median sepal lower nerves purple, lateral sepals yellowish white tinged purple, petals above midrib dark pruple, below purple with white, the lip white with purple dots, lateral lobes ochre marked with dark purple, a pale green column and a transluscent yellow pollina.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Nova Guinea 14:455, pl. 74, fig. 102 J J Smith 1929 drawing fide