Bulbophyllum penicillium Parish & Rchb. f. 1874


Bulbophyllum penicillium Parish & Rchb. f. 1874 is an epiphytic growing orchid species, native to the Himalayas, India (Assam), Sikkim, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand and Vietnam. In Thailand Bulbophyllum penicillium is called Singto Khrao Dam, which means Black Beard Bulbophyllum. The curved inflorescences reach lengths up to 30 cm and carry up to 15 flowers. The strange looking, small flowers get a size of about 1 cm. Flowering period: April -June. Bulbophyllum penicillium orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival).

The exotic orchid requires intermediate to warm temperatures,
a location in full shade, a well drained potting medium and a good air circulation to avoid fungal infections. Plants should be kept moist, but not sogging wet, during the growth season. During the winter rest waterings should be decreased and the potting mix should slightly dry out between waterings.

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Image: Bulbophyllum penicillium Parish & Rchb. f. 1874
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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