Bulbophyllum carunculatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1666

This beautiful and smelly orchid is a great addition to any collection.

This Bulbophyllum is endemic to the island of Sulawesi, part of the Indonesian islands. The species grows as an epiphyte in warm evergreen forests at around 800m and the fleshy leaves appreciate a shaded spot.

The species produces a number of sequential flowers throughout the summer on a long upright flower spike. The flowers are typically yellow with an almost black lip, this colour form seems to be relatively uncommon with its orange petals and veining. The flowers have a really unpleasant fragrance (which every student enjoys smelling once or twice) to attract the fly pollinator for the species – a highlight when the Britain in Bloom judges visited last week.


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