Bulbophyllum tricaudatum J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

Photo by J J Vermuelen

TYPE Drawing by J J Vermeulen and the Research Gate Website

Full shade Warm Cool

Common Name The 3 Tailed Bulbophyllum [refers to the apex of the petals and the lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in ridge forests without locality and elevational data as a small sized , warm to cool growing epiphyte with a patent to pendulous rhizome with .72 to 2.08" [1.8to 5.2 cm] between each porrect, distant, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate, acute, sessile base leaf that blooms on a more or less patent, .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, 2 bracted, 1.6" [4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, acute floral bract.

According to J J Vermuellen - "Bulbophyllum tricaudatum is unique among section Polymeres with a patent rhizome, by the shape of the lip, which is divided into an obovate basal part and a linear top part, with lateral lobes near the base, and with a conical median tooth even closer to the base, on the adaxial side. Only B. incommodum Kores has a lip of more or less similar outline (but with an elliptic proximal part); it lacks, however, the very slender growth habit that is also typical for B. tricaudatum"


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) J J Verm 2008 drawing fide