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Bulbophyllum haniffii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Sep 7, 2014.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Bulbophyllum haniffii syn Epicranthes haniffi is from the eastern Himalayas. The plant looks terrible under my culture, but the flowers are really amazing. If anyone has any cultural suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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    bulbo.epicrian.haniffii.plant.jpg
     
  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wowzers. That is so cool. New to me. Is it "fragrant"?
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Not that I could tell.
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Haha, I want cultural information too! Mine looks great but has not done a single damn thing in the year I've had it. Not a root. I would be happy if that root even failed. NOTHING!

    The only thing I've heard is that it hangs and should be grown according to that fact*.

    *whether fact is indeed a fact is not fact.
     
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    I wasn't familiar with this until your post. It is fantastic! What a unique flower!
     
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    normally they hang down from small branchen in nature, they dont like being in culture... they may drop all leaves, not give up soimetimes they do recover my one did, but very slow growers, didn.t find either the way they like

    here is example similar sp:

    https://orchid.unibas.ch/phpMyHerbarium/185236/2/Bulbophyllum/sp.//img/185236m.jpg

    and actually am not sure if your s it is haniffii it may be Bulb abbrevilabium

    another interesting thing about it, it is fact in those tiny balls in the lip is ink not sure what for, but did open some some time ago lol

    this haniffi doesnnt look great in nature either:

    http://www.orchidspecies.com/orphotdir/bulbophylhanifii.jpg

    i think they like shadow,dark position moist but superb air circulation...
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Piotr. I've tried dark and moist, but I think the circulation was a too low. It didn't bloom there. I have several and some look less bad, but none look good.
     
  8. Sean Houtman

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    Judging from the flower, I suspect that the plant requires sacrifices.
     
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    So strange and alien looking ! Thanks for sharing !
     
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    I am going with Sean on this one. With a flower that sinisterly beautiful, I think you need to sacrifice a goat or maybe a small child to make it happy. LOL
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have purchases quite a few of these over the last 5 years and only have 2 left (unless some are hiding). So I think that is enough of a sacrafice to get this picture.;)
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    They're a terribly finicky group. I've had the most success growing them in bright shade slight drying between watering's and on the warmer side. I'm not sure if it's actually haniffii Marni it looks a little different to me. Very nice regardless!