Bulbophyllum foetidum Schltr. 1913 SECTION Beccariana Pfitz. 1889

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by Zainal Abidin Bin Othman

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Common Name The Stinking Bulbophyllum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea as a large, hot to warm growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial of forested hill country, usually on trees trunks but also on rocks and the ground at elevations of 400 to 1000 meters with oblong-cylindrical pseudobulbs held 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] apart carrying a single apical, erect, elliptic, acuminate and narrowed basally leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a basal, 12 to 18" [30 to 45 cm] long, bracteate, stout, campanulate, few to several [18] flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying nodding, non-resupinate, not opening well, stinking flowers confined to the apex of the spike.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum foetidum var. grandiflorum J.J.Sm. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1991 drawing/photo fide; Bulbophyllums and their Allies Seigerist 2002;