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Bulbophyllum macranthum

Bulbophyllum macranthum is an epiphytic orchid from southeast Asia, with long, creeping rhizomes and large, sweetly-scented, fly-pollinated flowers.
Flower of Bulbophyllum macranthum

Bulbophyllum macranthum collected in Thailand by K. Senghas in August 1978 (Photo: K. Senghas, Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Bulbophyllum macranthum Lindl.

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria. Listed on CITES Appendix II.

Habitat: 

Lowland to montane forests.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Orchidaceae
Genus: Bulbophyllum

About this species

During the warmer months, Bulbophyllum macranthum bears large, solitary flowers with an exotic, sweet perfume. The bright flowers are somewhat variable in colour and are unusual in that they are held upside-down in comparison to the majority of orchids. Instead of being resupinate (twisted so that the lip is borne upside-down), the lip is held at the top of the flower (non-resupinate).

Bulbophyllum macranthum belongs to the Sestochilos section of Bulbophyllum, the largest orchid genus in the world. Section Sestochilos contains about 23 species, most of which have one-flowered inflorescences and rather showy flowers with relatively large petals; species in this section often have thick, long-creeping rhizomes.

Synonym: 

Bulbophyllum cochinchinense, Bulbophyllum purpureum, Carparomorchis macrantha, Phyllorchis macrantha, Sarcopodium macranthum, Sarcopodium purpureum

Genus: 
Bulbophyllum

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