Bulbophyllum collettii – 365 days of orchids – day 1589

Compared to yesterday’s Bulbophyllum nymphopolitanum, today’s Bulbophyllum collettii is is much more visually striking with deep red flowers in a umbel and extraordinary lateral sepals so that the flowers rather dwarf the compact plant.

Bulbophyllum collettii is native to forests from India to Northern Thailand. Its intricate flowers attract fly pollinators and a really worth a close look. They do not have a strong foul smell as you might expect but delicate fishy small.

Bulbophyllum collettii is a compact grower (the plant here is in an 8cm basket) but with large flowers and is tolerant of a wide range of temperatures as it is found from 200m altitude in hot lowland forests right up to 2000m in cool evergreen forest. We find it grows best in our Warm Asia Section where is is a reliable flowerer every spring.


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