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 Post subject: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:04 pm 
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Bulbophyllum arfakianum

Getting ready to bloom !

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 Post subject: Re: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:09 pm 
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Can't wait to see that! You have to post it when it blooms...

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 Post subject: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
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Thank you Kip. Here is a larger piece that was mounted on cork. It looks better mounted. I will update more photos when flower is more mature. It has beautiful pattern, looks prehistoric.

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 Post subject: Re: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:21 pm 
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Like the mounted one. I mounted the one I got from you several months ago. Ran out to the greenhouse to check but no buds. Two new growths though. Maybe soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:35 pm 
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That's beautiful Peter. I still can't tell if mine is putting out a bud or a new growth. I have been looking at info on Bulbophyllum fritillariflorum and wonder what the difference is in the two species. From what I have been able to find they seem to be identical. I'm sure I just haven't found the difference.
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 Post subject: Re: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
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Interesting Kip. I don't know the answer to this. I tried to google and see if there are more information - and came into this discussion that Bulb. fritillariflorum is often confused with two closely related species, Bulb. arfakianum and Bulb. fraudulentum.

http://bulbophyllums.proboards.com/thread/61

In a few days I will see if I can open this flower and take a photo of the lip. It may be difference in the lip structure, or scent that is used to attract pollinator. Today I wasn't able to detect any scent of this flower.

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 Post subject: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
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Bulbophyllum arfakianum - peekaboo

First thing visible is the wiggly lip. Petals are really tiny - visible in the last photo but blurry. This is the best I can do with my phone camera.
Does anyone know what iphone app I can use to draw pointed arrow?

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 Post subject: Re: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
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Very cool. I wonder what the pollinator is for this species...

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 Post subject: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
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Rick on slipper talk commented on my flower

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This is a very cool color form of B. arfakianum

I have B. fritilariflorum and the differences can be subtle.

1) The petals (which I can see in the pic when you opened the flower up) are blade shaped in arfakianum, but are tear-drop shaped with a short filament extension in fritilariflorum.

2) Flower size can be variable, but the largest arfakianum tend to be a few CM shorter than fritilariflorum. I had a frit flower that cleared 13cm long on my big plant, but a first bloom seedling had a flower that was barely 7-8 cm.

3) This hasn't been documented in txt that I've accessed, but my frit smells like puke on a warm sunny afternoon. I don't know if you can detect an odor in this flower so that would be worth noting since a lot of similar bulbo species often have very different smells.

From what I've seen fraudulentum has relatively small glossy flowers.


Today is cloudy but I had a chance to take couple photos. I think this flower is not going to open further. Today it smells like cheese. It's not a bad scent. It smells better than Bulb annandalei that is more like fermented cheese

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 Post subject: Re: Bulbophyllum arfakianum
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That is excellent info. Thanks for passing it on..

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