Bulbophyllum carunculatum – 365 days of orchids – day 953

This large flowered bulbophyllum species is a real star of the Warm Asia section and will be in flower now fro several months.

This epiphytic Bulbophyllum is endemic to the island of Sulawesi, part of the Indonesian islands. It produces a number of sequential flowers throughout the summer on a long upright flower spike. The flowers are typically yellow with an almost black lip, this colour form seems to be relatively uncommon with its orange petals and veining. The flowers carry an unpleasant fragrance which is used to attract the fly pollinator for the species but we all enjoy an unusual fragrance.


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