Bulbophyllum sawiense J.J.Sm. 1912 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Part shade Hot Fall Winter

Common Name The Sawiat Bubophyllum [An area of western Papua]

Flower Size very small

Found in Papua New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations around 100 to 440 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a pendulous, creeping rhizome enveloped completely by persistent, appressed, veined sheaths and giving rise to spirally arranged, quadrangular, in front and back concave, basal part long adnate to the rhizome, free part tightly appressed to the base of the rhizome, its apex recurved pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, acute, apiculate, fleshy, narrowed and conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter from the nodes of the rhizome, fascicled peduncle .2" [.5 cm] long, entirely enclosed by small, tubular, membranous sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, subulate-acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying a brown red flower with white longitudinal stripes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11:279 J J Smith 1912