Bulbophyllum fractiflexum J.J. Sm. 1908 SECTION Pelma [Finet] Schlechter 1913 Photos by © Ed de Vogel and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Plant and Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

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Common Name The Fractiflex Bulbophyllum [refers to the fractiflex inflorescence]

Flower Size 3/9" [7mm]

This Papuan and New Guinean and Solomon Island, unifoliate, epiphytic plant has a descending growth habit and occurs at elevations of sealevel to 2000 meters on high branches of large rainforest trees with a woody, sheathed rhizome carrying narrowly ovoid to ellipsoid, smooth in youth and wrinkled with age pseudobulbs that are pressed against the rhizome for half their length and then curving away and carrying a single, apical, descending to suberect, ovate, lanceolate or linear, thin, glossy dark green, acute leaf with several raised veins on the upperside that blooms in the spring through fall on a basal, lateral, fractiflex, 2 1/2" [3 cm] long, racemose, few [8] flowered inflorescence that are shorter than the leaves. This species grows hot to cool and needs deep shade, wet conditions and is best mounted on a slab of tree fern as it is a spreading plant.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum effusum Schltr. 1913; Bulbophyllum fractiflexoides Schltr. 1913; Bulbophyllum genybrachium Schltr. 1913; Bulbophyllum lamprobulbon Schltr. 1913; Bulbophyllum linearipetalum J.J. Sm. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as B fractiflexioides drawing ok; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as B genybrachium drawing ok; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as B effusum drawing ok; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85 as B lamprobulbon drawing ok; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 7 Vermuellen 1993 Drawing fide; Bulbophyllums and their Allies Seigerist 2001; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1991; New species of Bulbophyllum from eastern Malesia (Orchidaceae) Nordic Journal of Botany 26: 129195, 2008 Vermuellen

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