Bulbophyllum molle J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 SECTION Saurocephalum J J Verm 2014

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by J J Vermuelen and Gard. Bull. Singapore 60:79 fig 3 J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008

Part shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Soft Bubophyllum

Flower Size .2 " [5 mm]

Found in Sulawesi in mossy montane forest at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome enveloped by not persistent rhizome scales with .36 to .72" [.9 to 1.8 cm] between each distant, minute, ovoid to ellipsoid, rounded pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic to obovate, obtuse, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect to patent, peduncle 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm], provided with 3 bracts, the longest .24 to .64" [6- to 6 mm] long, rachis pale green, thickened, cylindrical, 3.2 to 5.2" [8 to 13 cm] long, ca .16" [4 mm] across, lax raceme, 7.2 to 11.2" [18 to 28 cm] long overall, several open simultaneously, ca 15 to 38 flowered inflorescence with acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying not resupinate, spirally arranged, not fully opening flowers with the sepals very pale greenish with dark purplish red veins and some stains in the same colour, the petals translucent white, with the midvein purplish red, the margins almost black, a yellowish green lip, stained purplish red, blackish purple towards the base and a very pale greenish column.

"B. molle is similar to B. osyriceroides J.J. Sm., from Sumatra. It differs in having a peduncle about as long as the rhachis (peduncle much shorter than the rhachis in B. osyriceroides), a rhachis of approx. 4 mm thick (2 mm in B. osyriceroides), truncate petals (rounded with an apiculate tip in B. osyriceroides), and a lip without a median slit and with a straight top part (with median slit and with a slightly recurved top part in B. osyriceroides)." J.J.Verm. & O'Byrne 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Gard. Bull. Singapore 60:84 fig 5 J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2008 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Vermeullen & O'Byrne 2001 photo fide;