Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis J.J. Sm. 1937 SECTION Macrobulbon Schlechter 1912

Photos by © Eric Hunt

Another Inflorescence

Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Plant

Plant grown and held by Glen Decker, Photo courtesy of David Banks, Australian Copyright©

Common Name Phalaenopsis gigantea-like Bulbophyllum [refers to the leaves not the flowers]

Flower Size

Named not for floral similarities but for the similarity in the leaves of the plant. This is a large sized, epiphytic species from New Guinea that is found at elevations below 500 meters and blooms on a basal, short, fasciculate inflorescence with the fetid smelling flowers clustered against the pseudobulb.

A hot growing species that needs deep shade, good air circulation and high humidity to grow well.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 # 9 1983 as B giganteum photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 2 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 4 2000 photo good; ; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 3 2001 photo; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 photo fide; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #1 2016 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #5 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #7 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #2 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide

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