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Bulbophyllum masdevalliaceum – 365 days of orchids – day 1002

We are often drawing comparisons between our orchid species but this one has gone a step further being a bulbophyllum named after the genus Masdevallia.

This is a new species for 365 days and it was a lovely surprise this morning to find this seedling with its first flower. The species is native to Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea where it grows in hot lowland forest up to 500m. Its resemblance to Masdevallias from South and Central America is very startling and a great example of parallel evolution. – here are some of ours for comparison:

Being from Australia I guess that our little Bulbophyllum will be glued to today’s Ashes test match just like me.

 

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  1. It very closely resembles Bulbophyllum blumei.