Allen Rolfe, 1911
Lithophyte - Pseudoterrestrial - Peat
Maroon - Brown
Orchid, Fletcher's Bulbophyllum
Cirrhopetalum fletcheranum, Rolfe, 1915.
Bulbophyllum spiesii, Garay, Hamer & Siegerist.
This huge member of the
Orchidaceae family was described by Robert Allen Rolfe in 1911. It
is only found in New Guinea, growing either as an epiphyte, lithophyte or pseudoterrestrial. It need a well drained soil which
should be kept moist, some light but no direct strong sun. The
hanging leaves can grow up (down?) to 180 centimetres. The large,
maroon or brown flowers are, as for so many other brown flowers:
species name is derived from the Greek bolbos meaning 'bulb' and
phyllon, 'a leaf', referring to the pseudobulbs on top of which the
leaf grows. The species name after of the director of
Edinburgh botanic garden in the late 1800's.