Bulbophyllum levanae Ames 1915


Bulbophyllum levanae Ames 1915 is an epiphytic growing orchid species from the Bulbophyllum section Lepidorhiza, native to the Philippines.

The orchid species has been described by the American botanist Oakes Ames (1874–1950) and named in honour to the Swedish botanist and geneticist Albert Levan (1905–1998). Bulbophyllum levanae is often confused with Bulbophyllum nymphopolitanum, which looks similar but has smaller flowers. The foul-smelling flowers of the tropical orchid can reach a size up to about 8 cm, colors are variable. Inflorescences get a length up to 10 cm and cary up to 3 flowers. Bulbophyllum levanae requires a tropical warm to hot, humid climate and a shaddy - partial shaddy location with good air movement, to avoid fungal growth. Flowering period: Summer. Bulbophyllum levanae orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival).

Bulbophyllum levanae Ames 1915
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