Bulbophyllum microsphaerum Schltr. 1913 SECTION Minutissima Pfitzer 1888

Photo by P Jongejan

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Part shadeCold LATER Spring

Common Name The Very Tiny Sphere Bulbophyllum [refers to the pseudobulb shape]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in range forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] between each, globose to ovate pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate to elliptic-ligulate, apiculate, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, erect,.28 to .4" [.7 to 1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with very small, much shorter than the ovary and pedicel floral bracts.

The flowers are yellowish usually flushed with red. The Flower photo above has one petal removed.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide