Monday, August 17, 2009

Trichoceros parviflorus

Trichoceros parviflorus - Flower photo by Richard LindbergTrichoceros parviflorus - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI first saw this species on the show-and-tell table of the San Francisco Orchid Society. Then I heard more about it at a presentation about orchid sex. It seems that this flower is every young male fly's dream date.

Trichoceros parviflorus grows in Colombia to Bolivia at higher elevations. It is cool to cold growing. The flower really looks like a fly. The genus Trichoceros (Tc) contains 5 species growing in the Andes from Colombia to Bolivia with flowers that resemble insects.

It took a couple of years to find the right spot. Generally speaking, my greenhouse is too warm for it. Getting it in a lower light spot that also gets cooled by the foggers was not easy, but now it blooms every year.


  1. Thanks i love this site, i'm going to follow closely to keep backbulbs. I grow mainly Bulbophyllum.

    I just came back from US, California, Berkeley for a summer session. I'm staying in Singapore. I did meet up quite a number of orchid folks in the US. It's a pity i didn't know you sooner, if not i would have visited too.

    I have the same mentality, having more time than money, so i keep back bulbs too but i do not have any success till date for bulbos. Perhaps maybe an in-depth discussion will help my understanding further.

    I just started orchids this year so i'm fairly new to the game, i'm only having about 100 bulbos at the moment.

    Thanks once again.

  2. Bulbophyllum are the same in principle as other orchids in that if backbulbs are sheltered in an environment close to the one they grow in, the backbulb will sprout. It may take time.

    If nothing else, orchids teach patience and backbulbs are the best teacher of all.