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

Photo by Art Vogel

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Flower Size 7/8" [2.2 cm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea on smaller, moss covered branches of rough barked trees at elevations of 100 to 750 meters as a small sized, variable epiphyte with closely set, ovoid, 5 ridged, smooth, light green suffused purple mostly on ridges of the pseudobulbs and carries a single, apical, erect, to suberect, shortly petiolate, oblong or elliptic to lanceolate, leathery, decurved and acute apically leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a wiry, basal, 3 1/4" [8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that holds the flower above the leaves.

This species needs frequent waterings and fertilizer, partial shade and hot temperatures and it will bloom more than once a year.

Originally described as a variety of the Javanese Bulbophyllum blumei but differs a lot in the smaller, more compact plant, and the individual segments of the flower differ substantially making it a separate entity

Synonyms Bulbophyllum blumei var pumilum J.J.Sm. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea P. Van Royen 1979; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Lowland Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1991; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo fide;