Bulbophyllum tectipetalum J.J.Sm. 1929 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Part shade Hot Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Roofed Bubophyllum [referring to shape of the petals]

Flower Size

Found in Papua New Guinea in lowland forest at elevations around 10 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a creeping, terete rhizome initially covered by tubular, keeled apiculate rhizome scales with .32 to .72" [0.8-1.8 cm] between each distinct, erect, making an acute angle with the rhizome, oblong, quadrangular, the sides obtusely angled, concave pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, somewhat fleshy, apex slightly recurved, obtuse above on either side of the midrib slightly channelled, slightly convex, narrowed and conduplicate base leaf that blooms in winter and early spring on a single or several together, ca. 3.2" [8 cm] long, peduncle ca. 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, provided with 4 scales about single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark red purple flowers.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum tectipetalum var. longisepalum J.J.Sm. 1929; Bulbophyllum tectipetalum var. maximum J.J.Sm. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Nova Guinea 14:450, pl. 73, fig. 97 J J Smith 1929 drawing fide ;