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Bulbophyllum from the section Epicrianthes

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    Default Bulbophyllum from the section Epicrianthes

    Here are some photo's of some species we grow.

    These are Bulbophyllum from the section Epicrianthes
    They are very rare in culture and rather dificult tot grow. So these are not plants you will see on orchids shows or in collections often.

    Bulbophyllum cimicinum is a small species. the flowers are less than half an inch large but have a funny, fuzzy interior.






    Bulbophyllum tindemansianum is a very recently described species. Actually the formal description is printed last week.



    Bulbophyllum xanthomelanon is of the species I have seen in real life so far absolutely my favourite. The colours are great but the tentacles and little shiny wharts on the lip make it really unusual




    I will post some more very unusual ones soon

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    Great looking bulbophyllum orchids, Rogier. Thanks for posting these!

    Cheers,
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    Wow, really pretty.Just love that "bug".

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    thanks for showing some Epicranthes, which is the genus now, as far as i know.

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    Those are very interesting orchids. Love the B. Xanthomelanon. But others are not less unique. Thanks for sharing, Rogier.

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    nice, its quite petite by the looks of it, and the red in the middle few is beautiful!

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    Thanks all.

    yeah these are truly unusual orchids. The botanical garden houses tree more species (nocturnum, tarantula and another one) wich I cannot wait to see in bloom. I'm scanning the plants for signs of buds every day.



    Quote Originally Posted by walingwaling View Post
    thanks for showing some Epicranthes, which is the genus now, as far as i know.
    Hi Ron

    Not exactly the genera as Epicrianthes, Cirrhopetalum etc are all old news. There is no sharp boundaries. Taxonomical and DNA studies have proven that these genera could all be dismissed.
    Actually the "genus Cirrhopetalum" as it is known is very artificial and cannot be justified in any way. Nowdays Bulbophyllum are beeing re-grouped in sections and it turns out that species that al used to belong in Cirrhopetalum all belong to diferent sections.

    If you look at lists such as the ones on IPNI or the Kew Monocot list you cal also see that all these species are listed as Bulbophyllum and that all these small genera are now synonyms.

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    Nice! Rogier, any idea what the pollinator is? Based on the appearance I would hazard a guess that these may be among those orchids that trick male insects into attempting to mate with them.

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    yes, i would certainly agree. it looks like a big fat abdomen, wings and legs on it...similar to ophrys species, especially that in sardinia. pseudocopulation is an amazing polination process.

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    by the way, the "shiny little warts" are calli, such as those in the "bird orchid".

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