Bulbophyllum rubipetalum P.Royen 1979 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing by P Van Royen

Part shade Cold Winter

Common Name The Red Petal Bubophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Papua New Guinea in subalpine shrubberies in moss cushions at elevations of 3250 to 3425 meters as a small sized, cold growing, prostrate epiphyte with a stemlike, slender, glabrous, branched rhizomee densely covered with roots in the basal part, top part with bracts and giving rise to relatively close together, subparallel to rhizome, enveloped by bracts basally, ovoid-cylindric, ribbed, glabrous pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, glabrous, linear-spathulate or linear-ovate, acute, midrib a little prominent above, prominent below, margin slightly revolute, crinkled, narrowly cuneate leaf that blooms in the winter in bundles of 2 to 5, peduncle glabrous, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, provided with 2 to 3 cylindric, obliquely truncate, acute, single nerved, glabrous bracts, single flowered inflorescence carrying a pendulous flower with light yellow sepals, scarlet petals with black dots at tip and a scarlet lip with a light yellow base and minute scarlet dots.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum crispatisepalum P.Royen 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2:224, fig. 81 P Van Royen 1979 drawing fide; Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2:201, P Van Royen 1979 as B crispisepalum drawing fide;