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Old World Orchid Bulbophyllum appendiculatum

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Description

Old World Orchid is a small epiphytic orchid native to the Himalayan mountains and to parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.  It is sometimes called Stinking Bulbophyllum because its showy flowers have an unpleasant fragrance, though it is difficult to detect unless you are up close. The plant freely flowers throughout the year.

Old World Orchid needs high humidity, good drainage and air circulations, and indirect light to thrive. It should be kept moist with 3 to 5 waterings a week and soil that lightly dries between watering. The plant is also temperature sensitive requiring a range of 58 to 88 degrees F.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or insect pests.

 

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#small flowers#leathery leaves#malodorous#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#cold intolerant
 
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Tags:
#small flowers#leathery leaves#malodorous#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#cold intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Bulbophyllum
    Species:
    appendiculatum
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Himalaya to Assam
    Distribution:
    Northeastern India and Sikkim
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    One to four showy 5 inch flowers, pink with purple veins that have a musky, unpleasant fragrance, but you have to be up close to smell it. Blooms throughout the year.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Single leathery leaf is large, 3 1/2 to 6 inches long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Accent