Bulbophyllum boonjee commonly known as the maroon strand orchid, is a species of epiphytic orchid that is endemic to tropical North Queensland. It has crowded, flattened pseudobulbs, stiff, pale green leaves and up to four small, bell-shaped maroon flowers with darker stripes.
Bulbophyllum boonjee is an epiphytic herb with crowded, flattened, pale green pseudobulbs long and wide. Each pseudobulb has a single stiff, pale green leaf, long and wide. Between two and four bell-shaped maroon flowers with darker stripes, long and wide are arranged on a thread-like flowering stem long. The dorsal sepal is long and wide, the lateral sepals a similar length but twice as wide. The petals are long and wide. The labellum is about long and less than wide, and curved with small lumps on the upper surface. Flowering occurs between September and February.
Taxonomy and naming
Bulbophyllum boonjee was first formally described in 1984 by Bruce Gray and David Jones and published The Orchadian.
Distribution and habitat
The maroon strand orchid grows on thin branches of rainforest trees on the Atherton Tableland and Mount Lewis in Queensland.
This orchid is classed as "vulnerable" under the Queensland Government Nature Conservation Act 1992. boonjee Category:Orchids of Queensland Category:Endemic orchids of Australia Category:Plants described in 1984