Bulbophyllum graveolens J.J. Sm. 1912 SECTION Cirrhopetalum Lindley 1824 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Bulbophyllum

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm]

Found in New Guinea in rainforests on tree trunks at elevations of 100 to 600 meters as a very large, single leafed, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid to almost elliptic pseudobulb carrying a single, erect, elliptic, obtuse-apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect to arching, 9"+ [23 cm] long, slender, bracteate inflorescence which has an apical umbell of many [8 to 9] long-lasting flowers that are held below the leaves occcuring in the fall.

This species requires a heavy pot to contain the large and robust plant and should be given hot temperatures, partial shade and high humidity as well as regular waterings.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum pachybulbum (Schltr.) Seidenf. 1973 publ. 1974; Cirrhopetalum graveolens F.M. Bailey 1896; Cirrhopetalum pachybulbum Schltr. 1913; Cirrhopetalum robustum Rolfe 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as Cirrhopetalum pachybulbum drawing fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 drawing fide; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973 as B pachybulbum; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids, Prigeon 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 4 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 10 1987 photo as B graveolens; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 3 2000 photo; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 as Cirrhopetalum robustum; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 photo; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 as Cirrhopetalum graveolens photo fide;