Bulbophyllum sphaenopus J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing by J J Vermeulen and the Research Gate Website

Full shade Warm

Common Name The Wedge Shaped Column Foot Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in western New Guinea in open and mossy ridge-top forests at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with 1.04 to 1.12" [2.6 to 2.8cm] between each , erect, ovoid pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, elliptic to ovate, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect to patent, 3.8 to 4.8" [9.5 to 12 cm] long peduncle, 4 bracted, to 8" [to 20 cm] long,single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, acute floral bract and carrying entirely dark maroon flowers.

According to J J Vermuellen - "Bulbophyllum sphaenopus shares the general shape of the lip with B. maxillare (Lindl.) Rchb. f. and B. sannio J. J. Verm., but differs from both in having a sparsely ciliolate dorsal sepal (much less distinctly ciliate than in both other species), and in having acute lateral sepals with straight, only sparsely ciliate lower margins (caudate with thickened tips in B. maxillare, undulating and densely ciliate in B. sannio)."


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) J J Verm 2008 drawing fide