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    I don't mean to slight anyone with this question but for those Bulbophyllum aficionados, are B. deari, blumei and masdevalliaceum really three different flowers or what? They all look so similar for species orchids.... maybe my eyes are in need of some major optical assistance!!!!! The reason I as is because I have recently acquired these and the masdevalliaceum is in flower and looks so similar to the other two.... so what's the consensus?



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    Bulbo. dearei looks completely different but the other two look very similar.

    Here is what dearei looks like:
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    Thanks Tom. I did review your post from several months ago about a possible mislabeled Bulbo you had purchased.... The pics above are UNBELIEVABLE

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    Just an update from my research.... I found this statement which I have excerpted from the document: "Bulbophyllums, maxillare, ciliatum and masdevalliaceum are all synonyms of this species." Bulbophyllum blumei | Orchids Online. What do you think of this?????

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    I've always liked the pics of B. blumei & masdevalliaceum. Never seen either one in person though. Any scent to the masdevalliaceum, Howard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    I've always liked the pics of B. blumei & masdevalliaceum. Never seen either one in person though. Any scent to the masdevalliaceum, Howard?
    None that I could tell but I didn't stick my nose in the flower... and BTW, aren't you supposed to be in class today??????

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    Your plant is Bulbophyllum maxillare, these are the synonyms of this plant.

    Epiphippium ciliatum Bl. 1825
    Cirrhopetalum blumei Lindl. 1830
    Cirrhopetalum maxillare Lindley 1843
    Bulbophyllum cheiri Lindl. 1844
    Sarcopodium cheiri [Lindley]Lindley 1850
    Bulbophyllum megalanthum Griff. 1851
    Sarcopodium megalanthum (Griff.) Lindl. 1853
    Bulbophyllum cuspidilingue Rchb.f 1861
    Bulbophyllum maxillare [Lindley]Rchb.f 1861
    Phyllorchis blumei [Lindl.]Ktze. 1891
    Phyllorchis cheiri [Lindl.]Ktze. 1891
    Phyllorchis maxillaris [Lindl.]Ktze. 1891
    Phyllorkis megalantha (Griff.) Kuntze 1891
    Bulbophyllum epiphippium Rdl. 1921

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerdoc5968 View Post
    None that I could tell but I didn't stick my nose in the flower... and BTW, aren't you supposed to be in class today??????
    No, my school is out of syc with all the other ones in the area.

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilsDC View Post
    Your plant is Bulbophyllum maxillare, these are the synonyms of this plant.

    Epiphippium ciliatum Bl. 1825
    Cirrhopetalum blumei Lindl. 1830
    Cirrhopetalum maxillare Lindley 1843
    Bulbophyllum cheiri Lindl. 1844
    Sarcopodium cheiri [Lindley]Lindley 1850
    Bulbophyllum megalanthum Griff. 1851
    Sarcopodium megalanthum (Griff.) Lindl. 1853
    Bulbophyllum cuspidilingue Rchb.f 1861
    Bulbophyllum maxillare [Lindley]Rchb.f 1861
    Phyllorchis blumei [Lindl.]Ktze. 1891
    Phyllorchis cheiri [Lindl.]Ktze. 1891
    Phyllorchis maxillaris [Lindl.]Ktze. 1891
    Phyllorkis megalantha (Griff.) Kuntze 1891
    Bulbophyllum epiphippium Rdl. 1921
    Try writing THAT on your tag!

    Btw, Decoy, what makes "B. maxillare" the name to go by?
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    "Btw, what makes "B. maxillare" the name to go by?"

    Don't know but I would guess some scientific type couldn't leave his ego at the door. This whole thing with changing names randomly is too much for me.... so it is Cirrhopetalum yesterday and Bulbophyllum today and tomorrow....??????? I want a genus named after my first dog, a wonderfully crazy Irish Setter named Bones... well, how about that....

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    Carl Ludwig Blume described the plant first but the scientific name doesn't fit to its description.
    John Lindley suggested a name later which best describes the plant.
    What made it into Bulbophyllum maxillare was the flower which looked like a Maxillaria orchid and this was originally published 1843 as Cirrhopetalum maxillare although the flower is not similar to Cirrhopetalum group.
    Those are the works of the plant taxonomists, keeping on eye of its descriptions.
    I have the same plant too at home and this plant is only found in a certain range in the Philippines and Sabah-Borneo.

    In my own opinion, I'd like to named this plant to Bulbophyllum blumei because Carl Ludwig Blume was the first to discover and describe this plant specie.

    Ask Jim Cootes for more details about Bulbophyllums, he is a lot an expert of that.

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