Bulbophyllum quadrifalciculatum J.J.Sm. 1929 SECTION Monanthes [Bl] Avery. 1994

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Four Sickle Shaped Hook Bulbophyllum [refers to the hooks towards the base of the lip]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm] long

Found in western New Guinea in nearly level mosssy swamp forest, at elevations around 1420 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a creeping, branching rhizome covered with conspicuous, wide, keeled, apiculate, when dried pale sheaths and giving rise to arranged in rows, close together, making an acute angle with the rhizome, when dried oblong-subovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, linear, obtuse, minutely apiculate, 5-nerved, nerves when dried underneath prominent, base gradually narrowed, apex papillose-serrulate leaf that blooms in the springon many, fascicled, hair-like, c. 1.28 to 1.4" [3.2 to 3.5 cm] long, provided in the middle with a small tubular sheath, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, shortly patently apiculate, shorter than the ovary floral bacts and carrying very small flowers. J J Smith states that the Pseudobulbs and leaf-stalk are light green, the leaf rather light green the inflorescence light violet, later becoming greenish yellow, the floral bract is light greenish yellow, the sepals are dark violet, the petals are very dark violet and pale yellow at the base, the lip nearly black with lilac ciliae, the column pale yellow and the fruit greenish yellow with some violet.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Nova Guinea 14 445, pl. 71, fig. 92 J J Smith 1929 drawing fide