Bulbophyllum potamophilum Schltr.1913 SECTION Hoplandra Verm 2008

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Part Shade Warm winter

Common Name The River-Loving Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in lowland forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short rhizome with .4 to .85" [1 to 2.2 cm] between each ovoid, obtuse, 4 angled pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, to elliptic-ligulate, apiculate, glabrous leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!!!! Schlechter states that the flowers are snow white with a red striped dorsal sepal!!! All species photos on the net of B potamophilum with a dark purple flower have been found to actually be B himantosepalum so, please go to that listing for a dark purple, long, ribbon-like flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008 Vermuellen