Bulbophyllum palleucum J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2018 SECTION Brachypus Schlechter 1913

photo by Ed de Vogel

Part shade Warm Spring

Common Name The ? Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in western New Guinea in lower primary forests at elevations around 400 to 500 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a rhizome without persistent scales, giving rise to distinct, .64" [1.6 cm] between each, erect, ellipsoid to ovoid, with age wrinkling along numerous longitudinal grooves, rounded in section pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acuminate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a solitary to many in a fascicle, peduncle .48 to .6" [1.2 to 1.5 cm] long, provided with 3 to 4 scale leaves, 2.4" [6 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Bulbophyllum palleucum is similar to Bulbophyllum galactanthum Schltr., Bulbophyllum versteegii J.J. Sm., and Bulbophyllum stolleanum Schltr. in the narrow sepals (index of lateral sepals 2.5 or more), the ovate to triangular median sepal, and the narrow lateral sepals (.12" to .232" [.3 to .58 cm] wide) but differs from all three by the wide petals (.072 to .08" vs .02 to .036" [.18 to .2 versus .05 to .09 cm] wide). " J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Males. Orchid J. 21:37 J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2018 drawing fide