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Bulbo plumatum (jacobsonii)

This is a discussion on Bulbo plumatum (jacobsonii) within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; One of my favorite species. It hails from Pen. Malaysia, Sumatera, and the Philippines. I ...

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    Default Bulbo plumatum (jacobsonii)

    One of my favorite species. It hails from Pen. Malaysia, Sumatera, and the Philippines. I am growing it in and on a hanging treefern pot which helps show off the 6-7 inch pendulous flowers. The parts that hang down are elongated lateral sepals. Had been known as B. jacobsonii.






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    It is an interesting bloom, Ron. Is it difficult to grow with the blooms hanging down like that?

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    I keep it hanging so the blooms don't hit into any other plants

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    "hang down lateral sepals"?

    Is that so the ants can have a clear path to the flower???

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    Clint I am not sure about that on this species...I do know that the long petaled Paphs have "ant ladders"

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    "hang down lateral sepals"?

    Is that so the ants can have a clear path to the flower???
    No, Bulbophyllums, like the Pleurothallidinae (Masdevallia, Pleurothallis, Restrepia, etc...) have both evolved for fly pollination. That is why a lot of them smell like rotting flesh. Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis even looks like rotting meat, complete w/ yellow protuberances that look like maggots. That is one you definitely want to grow outdoors...

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    Not all Bulbos are fertilized by flies but there are many that are. Also the great majority of Bulbos are not smelly. There are some with pleasant fragrances but the majority are not fragrant at all.

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