Bulbophyllum psilorhopalon Schltr. 1913 SECTION Epicranthes (Bl.) Hook.f.

Plant and Flowers

Photos by P Jongejan and The Orchids of New Guinea Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Bald Appendage Bulbophyllum [refers to the glabrous appendages]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in New Guinea on trees in lowland montane forests at elevations around 60 to 500 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a cauliform rhizome giving rise to cylindrical, subparellel to the rhizome pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on fasciculate, successive, short, single flowered inflorescence with very small, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are red and lightly spotted inside with pink petals and black brown appendages, a dark red lip and a white column.

Synonyms Epicranthes psilorhopalon (Schltr.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 Drawing fide; Botanisk Tidsskrift Bild 70 Hft 1 Contributions to the flora of Thailand VI Seidenfaden 1975;