Bulbophyllum tricanaliferum J.J. Sm. 1913 SECTION Hyalosema Schlechter 1911


Photos by P Jongejan


Common Name The Three Grooved Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in lower montane forest as an epiphyte or terrestrial in granite rubble along a lakeside at elevations of 1900 to 2400 meters with an elongated, creeping, terete rhizome giving rise to obliquely erect, 2" [5 cm] between each elongate-conical, obtuse, in cross-section obtusely subrhombic, ribbed, dull grey green pseudobulb and carrying a single apical, lanceolate, concave, fleshy, apex conduplicate-channelled, obtuse, obtusely angled, conduplicate-channelled below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a longer than the leaf, from the nodes of the rhizome, peduncle terete, c. 7.6 to 8" [19 to 20 cm] long, provided with c. 5 small, tubular, acute, keeled, higher up laxly placed sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, to the top somewhat inflated and split in front, slightly acuminate-acute, keeled floral bracts.

This species requires a large mount to accomodate the rambling growth habit, cool to warm temperatures, partial shade and high humidity.

Synonyms Hyalosema tricanaliferum (J.J.Sm.) Rolfe 1919

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001;