Bulbophyllum coomberi – 365 days of orchids – day 1011


Bulbophyllum is a very diverse genus and this is one of our smaller growing and flowering species with small bulbs (5mm across) each with a single leaf, that grow on a scrambling or dangling rhizome.

The species native to Malaysia, Java and Borneo and we saw a number of similar species in Sarawak on the trunks and lower branches of trees in lowland forests. These forests have year round rainfall but plants dry out between storms. We grow the species mounted and it produces dangling stems of small single leaved pseudobulbs and flowers several times a year from the base of the pseudobulbs.

The flowers are small but an attractive dark red and they a well worth a closer look.




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  1. A Jones says:

    Those “dangling rhizome” look more like gooseberries! It is a very unusual orchid. I haven’t noticed it in the greenhouse before. I will have to have a look at it.