SECTION Brachypus Schlechter 1913

TYPE Species Bulbophyllum maxillarioides Schltr. 1911


Characterized by medium sized flowers on single flowered inflorescence that seldom exceed the pseudobulbs in height. The single, persistent leafed pseudobulbs can be well developed or not. The resupinate flowers have the pedicel with the basal node above the attachment of the tubular floral bract and can have single veined petals with long papillae on the apex or be small, undivided and short haired and are small in comparison to the free, 3 to 9 veined sepals which can be equal or can have the laterals longer. The mobile, undivided lip is small, thick and fleshy to glabrous and often shorter but seldom longer than the column which has sublate stelida and a narrow foot. The anterior surface of the anther is not concave and the anterior margin is not drawn out. There are 4 pollina.

More or less 21 species occur in montane forests at elevations up to 1100 meters in New Guinea 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 apiculatum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  2. Bulbophyllum blepharopetalum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

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

  4. Bulbophyllum cerinum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

  5. Bulbophyllum latibrachiatum J.J.Sm. 1908 New Guinea

  6. Bulbophyllum lineolatum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  7. *!Bulbophyllum maxillarioides Schltr. 1905 Papua New Guinea

  8. Bulbophyllum nematopodum F. Muell. 1872 Queensland Australia

  9. Bulbophyllum phaeoglossum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea

  10. Bulbophyllum rhomboglossum Schltr. 1913 New Guinea and Vanuatu

  11. Bulbophyllum samoanum Schltr. 1911 New Hebrides, Fija, New Caledonia and Samoa

  12. Bulbophyllum sp. 39 New Guinea New Guinea

  13. Bulbophyllum tumidum J.J.Verm. 1991 Borneo

  14. Bulbophyllum turgidum J.J.Verm. 1991 Borneo

  15. Bulbophyllum variculosum J.J.Verm. 2008 western New Guinea

  16. Bulbophyllum versteegii J.J.Sm. 1908 New Guinea

    References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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;