Bulbophyllum rothschildianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1408

This orchid has real impact and it is always a treat when the vivid red and deep pink intricate and large flowers of Bulbophyllum rothschildianum open.

Bulbophyllum rothschildianum is native the Eastern Himalayan region of Southern China, North East India and Burma. We have been explored the warm lowland forests of Arunachal Pradesh where the species is found. These forests have a very wet summer when growth occurs but a much dryer winter which is the flowering time. We find the species does well in both baskets or pots but appreciated good drainage and watering regularly even in winter so that the bulbs do not shrivel.

The flowers smell quite strongly of fresh fish (we think mackerel) which is quite pleasant as long as you are expecting it. We presume that the fly pollinators find it irresistible. To get an idea of flower size the pot in the photo below is a 15cm basket. The plant is quite compact  but puts a lot of effort to present the flowers on long spikes well clear of the leaves.


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