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Bulbophyllum fascinator (semi alba)


This species has incredible blooms that move, wave, and wiggle, it is found in peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines in primary montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with 3/4 " to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] between each ovoid to elliptic, olive green, obtusely 4 angled pseudobulb carrying a single, apical oblong-elliptic, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a basal, suberect to patent, peduncle 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, 6.8 to 7.6 " [17 to 19 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with a membraneous, lanceolate floral bract.

This species is a hot to warm grower and I have potted them in wood slat baskets with some tree fern. Give it shade, moist conditions, and plenty of air movement. The trick is to let the newest growth be close to the wood basket and the oldest in the center. This way the new growth attaches to the wood and is more likely to bloom.

Some references put this species as a synonym of B putidum but this species has a more acute apex to the lip and has a low median ridge that more or less continues half way down the lip while in B putidum the median ridge goes from the base to almost to the apex.

Bulbophyllum fascinator (semi alba)

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