Bulbophyllum octarrhenipetalum J.J.Sm. 1913 SECTION Peltopus Schlechter 1913

Drawing by Vermeullen

Common Name The 8 Fold Petal? Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm] wide

Found in New Guinea and Vanuatu in primary forests at elevations around 1600 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with .08 to .24" {.2 to .6 cm] between each ovoid , not to hardly flattened pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, elliptic to obovate, acute apically, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on a single, patent to pendulous peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, with 2 to 3 bracts, 1.6 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long overall, rachis single flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute apically, much sahorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying moderately opening flowers with white to cream colored tepals with a wihite to purple lip.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum longipiliferum J.J.Sm.1934; Bulbophyllum quadrans J.J.Sm. 1915; Peltopus octarrhenipetalus (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 drawing fide;