Bulbophyllum neoguineense J.J.Sm. 1908 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Drawing of B meliphagirostrum

Drawing of B meliphagirostrum by P Van Royen


Common Name The New Guinea Bubophyllum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in lowland forests low tree trunks as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to ovoid-conical, at an acute angle to the rhizome pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, lanceolate, sharply acuminate, midrib above grooved, below keeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on an erect, peduncle filiform, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, provided with several tubular peduncle-scales, single flowered inflorescence with obliquely cup-shaped, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with orange lateral sepals, petals translucent white with some blackish-purple dots a lip finely spotted violet-red with violet-red lateral lobes and the mid-lobe orange at the base.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum meliphagirostrum P.Royen 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19:7 J J Smith 1908 drawing fide ;