Bulbophyllum ambrosia[Hance] Schlechter 1919 SECTION Leopardinae Bentham 1883

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Plant and Flowers

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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 that blooms in winter 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, honeuy or bitter almond scented flowers held below the solitary, ligulate, coriaceous leaf.

This plant can be potted with an open medium, given a tree fern or cork mount and 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968 as B watsonianum; Kew Bulletin Vol 41 #4:811 Notes on Asiatic and New Guinea Orchidaceae J J Wood 1986 as B ambrosia subsp nepalensis; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997 photo fide; 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; Slipper Orchids of Vietnam Averyanov, Cribb, Loc & Hiep 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 5–58 L. V. Averyanov1 , Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; 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; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as B ambrosia var nepalense; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as B ambrosia var nepalense 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; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #5 2019 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;