Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bulbophyllum maximum

The third plant from the DVOS show and sale is this Bulbophyllum maximum. This plant is in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are two pseudobulbs and it stands 4 inches above the pot. I don't have this species, and, well, one can never have too many Bulbophyllum.

Bulbophyllum maximum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum maximum grows in many places in Africa from 1500' to 6000'. It is warm to hot growing, blooms in the fall and needs a dry winter rest. The genus Bulbophyllum (Bulb) contains 1500 species found in all tropical areas on earth.

Why is this called "the largest Bulbophyllum" when the plant obviously isn't the largest and the flowers are about a quarter inch? It seems it is because of the inflorescence which looks very interesting and should be fun. I hope I don't have to wait until next fall to see it.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great Bulbophyllum. The only downside to it is the space between pseudobulbs. Each one reminds me of a little pineapple.