Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAmong raffle tables I have seen I would have to say that the table at the San Francisco Orchid Society was the best. Not only are there a large number of plants but there is a wide variety. I got my Bifrenaria aureo-fulva from that raffle table in bloom. It bloomed last year and it is in bloom now.

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Bifrenaria (Bif) is 30 small epiphytes or often terrestrials from South America. Partial shade and wet humid conditions especially while growing.

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva grows in coastal moutain rain forest from central to southern Brazil. It is warm to hot growing and fragrant, blooming in the summer. It needs a dry winter rest. I have my plant in a space that is shaded by a group of mounted plants. Many plants would not have enough light to bloom.


  1. How large is the pot? I ask because the only Bifrenaria I have is harrisoniae, crammed into an 8" terra cotta azalea pot. The 3rd edition of Bechtel/Cribb/Launert considers harrisoniae to be "medium sized," but doesn't list this species, and yours appears to be smaller.

    I don't have a greenhouse (yet), which is why I don't have a whole lot of stuff like Phaiuses, Grammatophylums, and Grammangises. Light needs are also a consideration, since not every plant can have a front row seat by a SE or SW window. Aureo-flava looks like a candidate for future acquisition if it's not too large.

  2. Ack! I meant aureo-fulva. Must have been having a "senior moment." *sigh*

  3. That is a 2 1/2-inch pot holding six pseudobulbs.

  4. Thanks. That's even smaller than I expected. Not sure if it technically qualifies as a mini, but it's close. I could find a place to stash one easily enough. ;)

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