Bulbophyllum stenobulbon – 365 days of orchids – day 1467

Our specimen plant of Bulbophyllum stenobulbon is celebrating New Year’s Eve by bursting into flower with its tight groups of spiky yellow flowers.


Bulbophyllum stenobulbon is found through South East Asia and as far west as Assam. It produces masses of quite small flowers from the base of new and old pseudobulbs and so gives a lovely display. It also tends to flower twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer, making it a very worthwhile species to grow.

It is reported to grow as a lithophyte in moss from 500-800m altitude in warm forest but we find that it is not fussy about temperature and grows happily in Warm Asia (min 18C, Cool Asia (min 10C) or Cool Americas (min 12C) but it does seem fussy about light preferring to grow in shade and with plenty of water reflecting its microhabitat.

We grow the species in pots and, even better, mounted as it does tend to straggle out of its pots and root in surrounding pots.

Happy New Year to all of those who enjoy our website. It is always a pleasure to share the wonders of our School Greenhouse with you and after four years of posting an orchid species every day (and it has to be a species in flower in our greenhouse on that day) we are happy to carry on in 2021 as we still have species we haven’t yet shared, as well as old favourites that we eagerly anticipate throughout the year.



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