Bulbophyllum graveolens J.J. Sm. 1912 SECTION Cirrhopetalum Lindley 1824 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Robust Cirrhopetalum

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm]

Found in New Guinea in rainforests on tree trunks at elevations of 100 to 600 meters as a very large, single leafed epiphyte that has an erect to arching, 9"+ [23 cm] long, slender, bracteate inflorescence which has an apical umbell of many [8 to 9] long-lasting flowers that are held below the leaves occcuring in the fall. This species requires a heavy pot to contain the large and robust plant and should be given hot temperatures, partial shade and high humidity as well as regular waterings.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum pachybulbum (Schltr.) Seidenf. 1973 publ. 1974; Cirrhopetalum graveolens F.M. Bailey 1896; Cirrhopetalum pachybulbum Schltr. 1913; Cirrhopetalum robustum Rolfe 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cirrhopetalum robustum; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfaden 1973/87; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 4 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 10 1987 photo as B graveolens; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 3 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 photo;