Bulbophyllum petrophilum (P.Royen) J.J.Verm., Schuit. & de Vogel 2014 SECTION Pedilochilus [Schlechter] J J Verm & O'Byrne 2011

TYPE Drawing by P Royen as Pedilochilus petrophilus

Part sun Cold LATER winter

Common Name The Rock Loving Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in subalpine grasslands at elevations of 3170 to 3250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing lithphyte with slender, creeping, branched rhizome covered with strawlike whitish, ovate-tubular, obliquely truncate, acute, crested, glabrous bracts and giving rise to glabrous, more or less parallel to rhizome, cylindric-ovoid, sometimes compressed, ribbed mainly in apical part pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, patent or erect, coriaceous, finely papillate-scarious along entire margin with longer papillae near very tip, otherwise glabrous, elliptic, elliptic-spathulate, or sometimes slightly ovate-elliptic, acute and folded at tip, narrowed and folded at base, midrib grooved above, prominent below, lateral nerves 2 to 4 on either side of midrib and several less distinct in between, all prominent on either side or prominulous above and more distinct below, margin subrevolute or entire, often V-shaped in cross-section leaf that blooms in the later winter on a solitary, peduncle glabrous, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, provided at the base with 2 to 4 widely or narrowly tubular, obliquely truncate, acute, subcarinate, glabrous bracts, with one bract about halfway and an apical bract, the latter two shorter and gradually more funnelshaped than the basal sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with cream colored flower with wine red stripes and a red lip.

Synonyms *Pedilochilus petrophilus P.Royen 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Alpine Fl. New Guinea 2: 248 Royen 1979 as Pedilochilus petrophilus drawing fide; *Phytotaxa 166[2]:108 J J Vermeulen 2014 drawing fide