Bulbophyllum freitagii Photo: R. Amsler
Bulbophyllum diplohelix & B. freitagii; compairison Photos: R. Amsler
Abstract: Rudolf Jenny describes and illustrates Bulbophyllum freitagii, a new species from New Guinea.
The Author saw this species recently in the orchid collection of Swiss expert grower Roland Amsler, who specializes in Bulbophyllum.
Bulbophyllum freitagii belogns to the recently described section Hoplandra and is closely allied with Bulbophyllum diplohelix. Its lateral sepals are much shorter than B. diplohelix and do not spiral around each other; the lip is about twice the size with a lumpy surface. The hairs are much longer, and the ovary and pedicel are shorter.
It is so far only known from the type locality in West Papua where it grows in evergreen forest.
Bulbophyllum freitagii is named after Walter Freitag (16.11.1963 to 7.1.2018), a passionate Swiss gardener, friend and travel companion of Roland Amsler.
Published in The Orchid Review, March 2019: 33 - 35