Bulbophyllum affine Lindley 1833 SECTION Sestochilus [Breda]Benth & Hkr.f 1883

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Well grown Plant with flowers

Photo by Eric Hunt

Part shadeWarmTo Cool LATESpringEARLYSummer

Common Name The Similar Bulbophyllum - In China Chi Chun Shi Dou Lan - The Striped Star Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

This miniature to small sized, cool to warm growing, unifoliate epiphyte comes from the western Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan provinces of China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Ryukyus Islands in evergreen lowland forests at elevations of 100 to 1800 meters or in Hong Kong as a lithophyte on rocks at elevations around 200 meters with 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] between each thin, slightly basally thickened, elongate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, narrowly oblong, obtuse, narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf and blooms on a basal, slender, to 2 3/4" [7 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves,

This species thrives in teak baskets with tree fern and wood chips and blooms in the late spring and early summer.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum kusukuensis Hayata 1914; Phyllorchis affinis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Sarcopodium affine (Lindl.) Lindl. & Paxton 1850

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