Bulbophyllum chimaera

by Chuck Nishihira

The beautiful Bulbophyllum chimaera from New Guinea is in the section Schistopetalum.  A characteristic of this section, while not readily seen with a casual glance, are the fanciful petals. This photo does not show it clearly, but if you squint, you can see traces of it. The growth habit is also very interesting with the small pseudobulbs and the overlapping almost shingle like leaves.  For a Bulbophyllum, it is quite pleurothallid-like in plant and flower.