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

Plant and Flowers

Photos by P Jongejan

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and the Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Kidney Shaped Petal Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in range forests at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a cauliform rhizome giving rise to subcylindrical, subparellel to the rhizome pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect-patent, elliptic-ligulate, apiculate leaf that blooms in the spring on a very short, single flowered inflorescence with cucullate, somewhat longer than the ovary floral bract.

Schlechter states that the flowers are pale pink, with a darker dorsal sepal, the petals are white amd the lip is a dark carmine-red with a white cented and white spots

Synonyms Diphyes renipetala (Schltr.) Szlach. & Rutk. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum of Borneo J J Verm, P O'Byrne and Lamb 2015