Bulbophyllum collettii – 365 days of orchids – day 1938

We have another Bulbophyllum species today (lucky us) – Although closely related to yesterday’s Bulbophyllum guttulatum the flower of Bulbophyllum collettii is very different with the lateral sepals elongated into a long tube like structure at the bottom of each flower.

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 smell.

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 in late spring.


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