Bulbophyllum muriceum Schltr. 1913 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

photo by E F de Vogel

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Part shade cool LATEFall EARLY Winter

Common Name The Mussel Shaped Bulbophyllum [refers to the lip]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in range forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, minutely apiculate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, .8" [2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

The flowers are yellowish, with sepals striped with red on the inside, the petals are spotted dark red, the lip is golden yellow spotted with brown and the anther is dark red.

According to J J Vermuellen this orchid is closest to Bulbophyllum bombycinum but it differs in the ciliolate sepals and a partly papillose-pubesacent lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) J J Verm 2008