Bulbophyllum falcatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1210

Today we have one of our favourite Bulbophyllums a stunning species but a difficult plant to photograph.

The species produced a double row of small flowers along a flat rachis giving a lovely overall effect.

We have a standard form with the lovely red rachis and small yellow and red flowers (above) as well as an ‘alba’ type without the red colouring (below)

The species is native to Central and West Africa where it grows as an epiphyte in wet evergreen lowland forest similar to that we have explored in Rwanda (above)

We find this a really rewarding and easy species to grow that flowers from a young age but multiplies quickly. It likes the warmth of Warm Asia and soon drops leaves if grown too cool. We find it grows well in a basket or a pot but in a pot it may quickly grow out of its own pot and try rooting in any others near it.



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