Bulbophyllum valeryi J J Verm & O'Byrne 2003 SECTION Polymeres Verm & O'Byrne 2008

TYPE Drawing by J J Vermeulen

Full shadeWarm Cool

Common Name Valery's Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in central Sulawesi in montane forests at elevations around to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with close set, ovoid pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, elliptic to ovate, obtuse to acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a patent, peduncle .06 to .08" [.15 to .2 cm] long, provided with 2 bracts, rachis porrect to arching, zigzag bent, not thickened, .34 to .4" [.85 to 1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts carrying flowers that do not open well and have transluscent pale greenish sepals, suffused with ochrish red and ochrish red veins, the petals transluscent with some dark purple specks near the base and the apex entirely dark purple and a white lip that is heavily suffused with purple.

Similar to B melinanthum but differs in its very short peduncle and the 2 distinct knobs below the stigma.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Gard. Bull. Singapore 55: 260 J J Verm & P O'Byrne 2003 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2011 photo/drawing fide