Bulbophyllum coomberi – 365 days of orchids – day 1712

Bulbophyllum is a very diverse genus and we are fortunate to have a large number of species including Bulbophyllum coomberi which is one of our smaller growing and flowering species. Plants have small bulbs (5mm across) each with a single leaf, that grow on a scrambling or dangling rhizome. The flowers are produced in some profusion from nodes in the rhizome.

The species native to Malaysia, Java and Borneo and we saw a number of similar species in Sarawak on the trunks and lower branches of trees in lowland forests. These forests have year round rainfall but plants dry out between storms. We grow the species mounted and it produces dangling stems that often attach to other plants and mounts, though this never seems too much of a problem.

The flowers are small but an attractive dark red and they a well worth a closer look.



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