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Bulbophyllum polygaliflorum and Bulbo drancunculus Section Hirtula Amazing flower!!!

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    Exclamation Bulbophyllum polygaliflorum and Bulbo drancunculus Section Hirtula Amazing flower!!!

    Check out these flowers! What Mimicry! Looks as if the beetle has crawled right up in there.
    Reminds me of the Halloween outdoor display that has the witch on a broom crashed into the tree, except that it is an insect that ran into a Bulbophyllum flower.
    Bulbophyllum polygaliflorum and Bulbophyllum drancunculus Section Hirtula actually have these as their lips!

    Until Woods new Kinabalu book [2001 2 vol] photo, I thought what I had as B polygaliflorum on IOSPE was close. Now I can see that there are at least 3 similar species that have insect butts for the lip.
    Could anyone help sort these out.
    Two are on my site and one is in Woods new book The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu 2011 Vol 1 page234
    The first one [there are 2 photos of this one] does not come close to anything that I have seen in references.



    The second is very similar to the photo in Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood etal. as B polygaliflorum but not Vermuellens drawing within the same book



    The third that I mentioned previously is in Woods new Mt Kinabalu book The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu 2011 Vol 1 page 234 which has even hairs along the margins but no large tufts as in the previous 2 that look like legs
    What is Bulbophyllum dracunculus? Does anyone have access to a drawing?

    Is it a highly variable flower and they are all the same?
    Are there any other Bulbophyllum that you know of in this sectional group?
    Jay Pfahl:

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    I don't have any answers for you...just wanted to comment on how crazy cool that flower looks! Now that would be an interesting one to add to the collection...

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    fantastic Bulbo, Jay! cant help you out, but hope others can chime in.

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    Can't help on the ID but the these are so interesting. Thanks fo sharing .

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    Actually looks more like a millipede crashed into the flower. Very cool, Jay! I had never seen this type of bulbo before. I like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcpfahl View Post
    Check out these flowers! What Mimicry! Looks as if the beetle has crawled right up in there.
    Reminds me of the Halloween outdoor display that has the witch on a broom crashed into the tree, except that it is an insect that ran into a Bulbophyllum flower.
    Bulbophyllum polygaliflorum and Bulbophyllum drancunculus Section Hirtula actually have these as their lips!

    Until Woods new Kinabalu book [2001 2 vol] photo, I thought what I had as B polygaliflorum on IOSPE was close. Now I can see that there are at least 3 similar species that have insect butts for the lip.
    Could anyone help sort these out.
    Two are on my site and one is in Woods new book The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu 2011 Vol 1 page234
    The first one [there are 2 photos of this one] does not come close to anything that I have seen in references.

    The second is very similar to the photo in Orchids of Borneo Vol 3 Wood etal. as B polygaliflorum but not Vermuellens drawing within the same book

    The third that I mentioned previously is in Woods new Mt Kinabalu book The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu 2011 Vol 1 page 234 which has even hairs along the margins but no large tufts as in the previous 2 that look like legs
    What is Bulbophyllum dracunculus? Does anyone have access to a drawing?

    Is it a highly variable flower and they are all the same?
    Are there any other Bulbophyllum that you know of in this sectional group?
    Jay Pfahl:
    After exhaustive research I have come to the conclusion that both the previous orchids are Bulbophyllum dracunculus and not B polygaliflorum. A true photo of B polygaliflorum is in The Orchids of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood etal 2011 pg 234. I hope to have it up on iospe as soon as posible
    Jay Pfahl
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    Red face Photo of Bulbo polygaliflorum

    Hi all IOSPE now has a photo of Both Bulbophyllum dracunculus and Bulbophyllum polygaliflorum thanks to Peter O'Byrne

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