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Bulbo levanae var levanae

This is a discussion on Bulbo levanae var levanae within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; a sequentially blooming species from the Philippines. Kew is saying the name is a synonym ...

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    Default Bulbo levanae var levanae

    a sequentially blooming species from the Philippines. Kew is saying the name is a synonym but I have it listed as Bulbo nymphopolitanum


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    They just get better and better! Love the red in this one and the shape!!

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    My reference says that B. levanae and B. nymphopolitanum as well as B. trigonosepalum are sometimes considered the same because they resemble each other in many ways. They are all endemic to the Phillipines and the coloration of the flowers is the main difference. The flowers of B. levanae range in color from all yellow sepals and petals to all red with many variations in between, where as the flowers of B. nymphopolitanum are dark red-purple and the labellum is a dark, shiny puce. (I'm not sure what puce looks like, but when I looked it up I got definitions ranging from a dark purplish brown to a dark brownish purple, which sound the same to me. I also got one that said "A deep red to dark grayish purple." So, apparently, no one really knows what puce is. Go figure!)

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    I have had this listed as B. nymphopolitanum for years. I only just discovered, through the Kew monocot list, that it is now listed as a var of levanae. Not sure when that change was made.

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    Sweet flower!

    B. nymphopolitanum ? Who comes up with these names? At first glance I thought it said "be nympho politician"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Sweet flower!

    B. nymphopolitanum ? Who comes up with these names? At first glance I thought it said "be nympho politician"
    I recall that this species name had to do with a location of a German Botanical Garden or a director of that garden, something along those lines. Wish I could recall

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