Bulbophyllum beccarii Rchb. f. 1879 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889

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Common Name Beccari's Bulbophyllum [Italian Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1 cm]

Found in Borneo in lowland and peat swamp forests at elevations of sealevel to 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing creeping epiphyte that wraps around the trunk of a tree with ovoid, pale yellow green pseudobulbs carrying erect, oblong to broadly elliptic, obtuse to acute, thick, leathery, reticulate patterned, sulcate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves held in a cup shape trapping all the falling deitrius from the tree and is invaded by a tangle of roots. The flowers are beautiful, occur in the spring and summer, hanging in a pendant, 5 to 17" [12 to 43 cm] long, densely many flowered cluster below the base of the leaf, yet smell like rotting fish or meat. The rosy with violet lined peduncle is enveloped by 5 imbricate, ovate to ovate-elliptic, acute to acuminate, dorsally carinate bracts and has flesh-colored with darker pink to purple flecked, lanceolate, acuminate, floral bracts.

Synonyms Phyllorchis beccarii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

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