Bulbophyllum punamense Schltr. 1913 SECTION Monanthes [Bl] Avery. 1994


Plant and flower

Photos by P Jongejan and The Orchids of New Guinea Website

TYPE Drawing

Type drawing of B blepharoglossum

Drawing as B blepharoglossum by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Warm Winter

Common Name The Punam Bulbophyllum [An area of New Ireland and island to the north of New Guinea]

Flower Size

Found in New Ireland, New Guinea on trees along creeks at elevations around 550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to minute, subglobose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, obtuse, attenuate into the base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, short, single flowered inflorescence carrying a non-resupinate flower.

Schlechter states that the flowers are dark red and are said to be the largest in the section.

This species and B cadetioides are considered to be synomonous by Kew but I have kept them apart for now. If they are synomonous then B punamense takes precedence.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum blepharoglossum Schltr. 1913; Diphyes blepharoglossa (Schltr.) Szlach. & Rutk. 2008; Diphyes punamensis (Schltr.) Szlach. & Rutk. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 as B blepharoglossum drawing fide