Bulbophyllum spathipetalum J.J.Sm. 1908 SECTION Papulipetalum Schlechter 1913

TYPE Drawing © by J J Smith

Fragrant Part shade Hot Warm

Common Name The Spathulate Petal Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short, creeping rhizome giving rise to close set, oblong-ovoid, with attenuate apex, with several longitudinal grooves pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, acuminate, very acute, above on both sides of the mid-vein convex, mid-vein grooved above, keeled below, channelled-conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the later winter on numerous, fasciculate, from the nodes of the rhizome, 1.6" [4 cm] long, peduncle filiform provided with c. 2 tubular, acuminate peduncle-scales, single flowered inflorescence with cup-shaped, subulate-acuminate floral bracts carrying flowers with the sepals orange, white at the base, petals translucent violet with dark violet midrib., the lip white underneath, orange above, with a narrow violet margin, ovary yellowish green with red-brown ribs? and the pedicel yellowish white.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19:9 J J Smith 1908 drawing fide