Bulbophyllum scyphochilus Schltr. 1912 SECTION Codonosiphon Schlechter 1913

Photo by Reza Saputra and The Swiss Orchids of New Guinea Website

TYPE Drawing

Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade HotWarm LATER Spring THROUGH Fall

Common Name The Cup-Shaped Lip Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 150 to 800 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short, decumbent rhizome giving rise to close set, conical-cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-ligulate, apiculate to shortly acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring through fall on an erect, basal, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with elliptic, amplexicaul floral bracts.

Schlechter states that although similar to B cuniculiforme this species has smaller violet red flowers, hairy sepals on the inside surface, ciliated, white that are spotted with red in the anterior half petals and a tapering in front, darker red lip and has a front tooth of the stelida is much longer.

It is very possible that this species and B geniculiferum J J Smith 1912 are the same species, and if so then B geniculiferum would take precedence as it was published first.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum scyphochilus var. phaeanthum Schltr. 1912; Hapalochilus scyphochilus (Schltr.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 as Bulbophyllum scyphochilus var. phaeanthum; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea P Van Royen 1979