Bulbophyllum alkmaarensis – 365 days of orchids – day 993

This lovely, small growing, species is native to Papua New Guinea where it grows in wet montane forests from 1500-2500m. We find that the species although small is a relatively fast grower especially if kept well watered and it soon take over its bark mount or escapes from its small pot.

The pretty flowers feature an unusual creamy white tubular lip, and the 1.5cm flowers are large compared to the tiny bulbs and leaves. Flowers appear in profusion giving a brilliant display on a mature plant.

We grow the species in our Warm Asia section, although it would grow cooler than our minimum of 17C, and spray plants daily.

The species is closely related to the slightly larger Bulbophyllum dolichoglottis (below) which has an even longer tubular lip.


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