Bulbophyllum ambrosia[Hance] Schlechter 1919 SECTION Leopardinae Bentham 1883 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Håkan Hallander


Common Name The Sweet-Smelling Bulbophyllum - In China Fang Xiang Shi Dou Lan

Flower Size 1 1/4" [2.8 cm]

Found in Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan provinces of China Hong Kong and Vietnam in evergreen and semi-deciduous forest on limestone cliffs and mossy rocks and tree bases at elevations of 300 to 1300 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing lithophyte - Flowers in Winter - Fragrant - tree fern or cork mount, blooms on an erect, basal, 3" [7.5 cm] long, wiry, single flowered inflorescence arising on old and new unifoliate, ellipsoid, orange-yellow psuedobulbs with the sweetly fragrant flowers held below the solitary, ligulate, coriaceous leaf and occuring in the winter. This plant can be potted with an open medium, given hot to warm temperatures, good air circulation, and frequent repottings.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum ambrosia subsp nepalense Wood 1986; Bulbophyllum amygdalinum Aver.1988; Bulbophyllum watsonianum Rchb.f 1888; *Eria ambrosia Hance 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Bulbophyllums and their Allies Siegerist 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Flora of China 25: 404–440. 2009; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide;