Bulbophyllum wakoi Howcroft 1999 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889

Flower Closeup

Inflorescence Photos by Art Vogel

Part shadeWarm CoolFallWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Wako Bulbophyllum [A Town in West Britain New Guinea]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in eastern New Guinea in forests at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to oblong, transversely elliptic, slightly flattened pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute to acuminate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and early spring on a peduncle 31 by 0.59 cm; provided with 4 glabrous, tubular sheaths, rachis short, 1" [2.5 cm] long, glabrous, nodding, 13.2" [33 cm] or longer, 9 flowered inflorescence with ovate to oblong-ovate, 2.7 by 1.2 cm, concave, acute, glabrous floral bracts and carrying moderately to wide opening flowers that face in all directions.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129-195, 2008 Vermuellen