Bulbophyllum facetum Garay 1997 SECTION Sestochilus [Breda]Benth & Hkr.f 1883

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone

Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The scientific name refers to the elegantly colored flowers

Flower Size 2 3/4" [7 cm]

Endemic to the Philippines in the mountanous region of Luzon at elevations of 1200 meters growing as an epiphyte on tree trunks in shady locations or the rocks below them with well spaced [2"] ovoid, pseudobulbs with persistent basal bristles carrying a single, apical, oblong to elliptic, leathery petiolate leaf that blooms on an erect, 2 3/8" [6 cm] long, basal, single bracted inflorescence carrying a single flower that opens in the morning and closes by early afternoon only to reopen the next day.

This species is best grown in hot to warm temperatures, given ample water and fertilizer, partial shade and pots or baskets with an open medium. The flowers each morning reopen and then close at midday to repeat the process again mostly for four days.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 6 1997 photo; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001 photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 2 2002 photo; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 2 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009 photo fide; Bulbophyllum: the incomplete Guide From A to why? Bill Thoms 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 photo fide;