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This is a discussion on Cirrhopetallum picturatum within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I love the cirrhopettallums ( wish I could remember the precise spelling ! ) although ...
I love the cirrhopettallums ( wish I could remember the precise spelling ! ) although some I called Cirrhos are perhaps bulbophyllums. I have tried to understand the difference. All (?) cirrhos have the daisy or wheel spoke arrangement of flowers, but so do some bulbos. If the two petals are joined along their adjacent edges - as here - its a cirrho ; if they are near to one another but separate, its a bulbo. Correct me if I'm wrong ?
If I'm right, I have to say it is rather a ridiclous difference , and one, I forecast, which will be thrown out of the window one day . ( I used to say the same about Laelias being different from Cattleyas, because they have 8 pollinia instead of 4 - and I was in very good company, and other greater and more knowledgable orchid growers - not taxonomic botanists , note - said the same. Now they have seen the light.) I predict that they will eventually do so here too.
End of rant. Hey, I'm an old man - this is what old men do - rant !
Back to my plant . 8 spikes this year - best yet by about 100%. I find that they do make big plants, and don't like being disturbed, so I shall not do so, unless the flower count goes down next year. Flowers about 2 inches long.
Pity is that only one spike is properly out - otherswise I could take it to the Bournemout Soc. table show tomorrow with high hopes. But by next month I expect there will only be one spike left - they are not the most long lasting of flowers. That's life I guess.
This is a case where everything has become easier; the lumpers have won the day and they're all Bulbophyllums. No Cirrhopetalums, no Mastigions, no Megacliniums. I find picturatum has a unique odor, neither offensive nor particularly attractive, sort of like cut grass. Your opinion?
Nice one there Geoff!
You basically nailed it, the fusion of the lateral sepals, which are always much longer than other floral segments in this genus.
I actually dont know if there was ever a DNA testing done between those 2 genera, anybody?
Whatever it is, it's very pretty! Are cirr. stinky like bulb.?
Very nice macro shot, Geoff!