Bulbophyllum papilio J.J.Sm. 1910 SECTION Intervallatae Ridley 1897


Photo by/Drawing by Howcroft and The Papua New Guinea Orchid News Website

Part shade Cool Cold

Common Name The Butterfly-Like Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 2.6" [6.5 cm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with close set, ovoid, opaque, glaucous-green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, fleshy-coriaceous, above green, subopaque, underneath opaque densely pale punctate, midrib above deeply grooved, underneath obtuse, keeled, apex shortly acute acuminate and conduplicate, gradually narrowing into a channelled petiolate base leaf that blooms on a basal, elongated, peduncle thick filiform, dirty dark violet, c. 30" [75 cm] long, provided with c. 6 small, tubular sheaths, rachis impressed green punctate, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with distichous, triangular, acute, concavae, keeled, furfuraceous, punctate, base tubular, clasping the rachis floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Siegerist 2001;