Bulbophyllum piliferum J.J.Sm. 1908 SECTION Oxysepala Bentham & J D Hook.f. 1883

Plant and Flower

Photos by Ed de Vogel and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Part shadeHot

Common Name The Ball of String Carrying Bulbophyllum

Flower Size very small

Found in Papua New Guinea on trees in lowland montane forests at elevations around 75 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte with a pendulous rhizome eveloped by veined sheaths and giving rise to spirally arranged, adpressed to the rhizome, oblongoid, in front with a broad deep groove pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, patent, somewhat curved, linear-lanceolate, acute, acuminate, thick fleshy, above obtusely concave, longitudinally grooved, below strongly convex, base narrowed leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a from the nodes of the rhizome, very short, 1-flowered; base covered with large, tubular, acuminate, 0.25 cm long scales; peduncle 0.18 cm long single flowered inflorescence with basally tubular, clasping and overtopping the ovary floral bract


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 ;