Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bulbophyllum leopardinum - NOT!

Bulbophyllum leopardinum - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Bulbophyllum (Bulb) contains 1500 species found in all tropical areas on earth.

Bulbophyllum leopardinum grows from India to Thailand at high altitudes. It is cool to warm growing and likes shady conditions. It can bloom spring, summer or fall. The flowers are short compared to the plant.

I have moved it each year since I got it about 3 years ago. It is definitely a mature plant and I could never get it to bloom until this year.

Aside from the thrill of getting it to bloom, I am a bit underwhelmed. The flowers hide under the leaves and don't last very long. The biggest problem is that it is not Bulbophyllum leopardinum.

I got it from a grower grows a lot of hybrids, so I don't even know it is a species. Just at this moment I can't generate any enthusiasm for looking for a possible match.

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