Bulbophyllum is the largest genus of orchids known, with close to 2000 species identified and many still to be discovered and added. The distribution of the species is wide spread and covers most tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, Australasia, Africa and South America.

It is not possible to give an account of such a diverse genus in a few written lines. To all those interested to know more about this genus and details about the cultivation and care of certain species, I suggest that you should buy or borrow one of the numerous books that exclusively discuss this genus. The popularity and cultivation of Bulbophyllums is wide spread and talking to local growers is also very important. Here, I can only present a few very general information and facts about the species of this genus.

No other genus is as diverse as this. Growing Bulbophyllums is considered to be “demanding”, and requires good facilities and controlled environment. Under the right conditions most species can grow continuously all year round.

Bulbophyllum species need warmth and do not tolerate cold or freezing conditions. Require humidity and good air movement throughout the year. Have a very fine roots system that can get easily damaged. Will grow happily mounted on cork or tree branches.

Few facts that validate the diversity of this genus.

# Some species grow in shade; other species tolerate direct sun.

# Some species have foul smelling flowers; other species have flowers with a quite pleasant sent.

# The flowers can be extremely large, up to 40 cm; or extremely small, just a few mm in size.

# The pseudobulbs can be huge; or very small, measured in mm.

# There are epiphytic species; and lithophytic species.

# There are species that have huge leaves; species with small leaves; and species that have no leaves at all and use the pseudobulbs for photosynthesis.


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