Bulbophyllum barbavagabundum J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Schistopetalum Schlechter 1913 Photo by Bernard Macdonald and Orchids Online Australia

Part Shade Hot Warm

Common Name The Bushy Haired Bulbophyllum [The name refers to the bushy, tangled hairs on the lip.]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in New Guinea in undisturbed primary forests at elevations around 450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with close set, erect, ovoid-globular, purple suffused pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ovate, obtuse, abaxial surface suffused with purple, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect to patent, basal, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute floral bracts and carrying nodding flowers

J J Vermeullen states that "Bulbophyllum barbavagabundum shares the three-pronged petals with B. trigonidioides J. J. Sm., but differs in lacking the semi-elliptic lobes along the proximal margins of the petals, in having a longer and narrower lip (4.53 mm in B. trigonidioides), and in having very short stelidia (about as long as the column body in B. trigonidoides)."


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