SECTION Pelma [Finet] Schlechter 1913

Type: Bulbophyllum absconditum J. J. Sm 1905

Characterized by an inflorecence with 1 or more flowers a flower with the dorsal sepal apex being obtuse to caudate and has distinct lateral sepals that are not very small. The basal node of the pedicel is above the atachment of the floral bract. The lip is not divided into lobes and usually has an inconspicuous to disinct concavity that has 2 converging teeth which together usually form a transverse ridge. The column has a distinctly protruding or not rostellum, the base of the stigma protrudes often as a beaked structure in lateral view or not but does not have teeth, The column foot has a thick median knob immediately above the concavity.

There are 26 species in this section in forests at elevations up to 2800 meters in Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, the Philippines, the moluccas, New Guinea, eastward to New Caledonia and the western Pacific islands.

Entries below with an asterix are listed in publications by J J Vermeullen and so are more likely correct than ones without. Species with a question mark in front, seem to me to not conform and so please use with caution.

  1. *!Bulbophyllum absconditum J.J. Sm 1905 Bali, Java and Sumatra, New Caledonia and Vanuatu

  2. Bulbophyllum ankylorhinon J.J.Verm. 1992 Papua New Guinea

  3. Bulbophyllum argoxanthum J.J.Verm. 2008 Papua New Guinea

  4. Bulbophyllum bacilliferum J.J.Sm. 1928 the Moluccas, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

  5. Bulbophyllum colliferum J.J.Sm. 1911 New Guinea

  6. Bulbophyllum fractiflexum J.J. Sm. 1908 Papuan and New Guinea and Solomon Island

  7. Bulbophyllum gyaloglossum J.J.Verm. 1993 New Guinea

  8. Bulbophyllum latipes J.J.Sm. 1935 New Guinea

  9. Bulbophyllum leptoleucum Schltr.1913 New Guinea

  10. Bulbophyllum leucothyrsus Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  11. Bulbophyllum macilentum J.J.Verm. 1993 New Guinea

  12. Bulbophyllum mesodon J.J.Verm. 1993 New Guinea

  13. Bulbophyllum mischobulbon Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  14. Bulbophyllum ochthochilum J.J.Verm. 1993 New Guinea

  15. Bulbophyllum oliganthum Schltr.1913 Moluccas, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

  16. Bulbophyllum pachytelos Schltr. 1905 Papua New Guinea

  17. Bulbophyllum reductum J.J.Verm. & P.O'Byrne 2003 Sulawesi

  18. Bulbophyllum savaiense Schltr.1911 New Guinea, the Phillipines, Sulawesi, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu

  19. Bulbophyllum simile Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  20. Bulbophyllum stipulaceum Schltr. 1905 New Guinea

  21. Bulbophyllum tanystiche J.J.Verm. 1993 New Guinea

  22. Bulbophyllum xanthochlamys Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

    References Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermeullen 1993 New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008 Vermuellen; Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi Verm & O'Byrne 2011; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014;