Bulbophyllum speciosum Schltr. 1912 SECTION Codonosiphon Schlechter 1913

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Side View Photos by Art Vogel

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Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Outstanding Bulbophyllum

Flower Size to 2 5/8" [to 6.7 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea as a small sized, showy, hot to warm growing epiphyte and is one of the most beautiful of the Papua and New Guinea orchids occuring at elevations of 600 to 1200 meters with a creeping, seldom branching, woody, brown rhizome with 1 to 8" [2.5 to 20 cm] between each, erect, narrowly ovoid to cylindrical to sub-fusiform, usually curved, pale green becoming brown green with age, rough textured, sulcate with age pseudobulb with evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, lanceolate, shortly petiolate, green, thin yet leathery, acute apically leaf which blooms in the late spring on a basal, suberect to drooping, 6" [15 cm] long, slender, single flowered inflorescence with elliptic-cucullate, shortly acuminate, much shorter than the slender pedicellate ovary floral bracts and carrying a diurnal, delicate, wide opening flower.

This plant likes to be wetter than others and needs to be misted in the late afternoons as well as watered

Synonyms Hapalochilus scitulus (Ridl.) Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 publ. 1986; Hapalochilus speciosus (Schltr.) Garay & W. Kittr. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 drawing fide; Orchids of Lowland Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1991 drawing/photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; OrchidDigest Vol 88 #4 2019 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #11 2019 photo ok;