Bulbophyllum purpurascens – 365 days of orchids – day 934

Next week we will be in the forests of Sarawak amongst orchids like this lovely little Bulbophyllum. The bulbs are around 1cm tall with 4cm leaves and the relatively large flowers form a mass just clear of the leaves.

This pretty little bulbophyllum has an unlikely name meaning the purple bulbophyllum but this refers to the purplish colour of the leaves not the light yellow flowers!

The species is native to Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia where it grows as an epiphyte in evergreen montane forest from around 900-1700 m and we find it does best mounted or in baskets in our Warm Asia section.

We have seen photographs of impressive specimen plants but our small plants have a way to go yet.


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