Bulbophyllum versteegii J.J.Sm. 1908 SECTION Brachypus Schlechter 1913

Photo by E F de Vogel


Drawing by Schlechter And The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool LATE Spring

Common Name or Meaning Versteeg's Bulbophyllum [Dutch Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .56" [1.4 cm] long

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with narrowly conical-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ligulate, acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on numerous, from the nodes of the rhizome, fasciculate, short, base enclosed by close-set sheaths, peduncle c. .6" [1.5 cm] long, provided with 2 funnel-shaped, obliquely truncate, acute, keeled sheaths, single flowered inflorescence .

Schlechter states that the flowers are white, dotted with red inside, the apices of the sepals are yellowish and the lip is yellow. Similar to B rhomboglossum but this one has a much longer inflorescence and the flowers are differently colored.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum iboense Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 as B iboense drawing fide;