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Bulbophyllum masonii

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Jon, May 17, 2011.

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  1. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I was curious if anyone has culture information for bulbophyllum masonii. I've read it comes from 2000-2300m ASL. Does anyone have contradictory information?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't have any information, but I can accommodate that elevation range in my greenhouses, so maybe you should just send it to me.
     
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    This is what the GPS info I have from Herbarium Jany Renz suggests. Central Enga, PNG.
     
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    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I don't have a box large enough for the specimen I just received, Marni. This thing is the 8th wonder of the modern world.
     
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    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Then I'm guessing this thing is going to want cool conditions. Sweeeeeeeet.
     
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    Better tell Alexis before she kills hers ;)
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    The altitude I found was from 1500-2500m.
     
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    Based on lapse rate of 6.5 degrees K/km, that's a temp of mid to high 60s F assuming a reference SL temp of 88 F.
     
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    From the village in which a specimen was found:
    masonii.jpg
     
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    The other specimen was found a long way (nearly 200 miles) away in the Eastern Highlands, but similar altitude.
     
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    Are you talking about the daytime high? For me, plants from 1500m do great with 50-52 minimum nights. Some of them do well with warmer, but many don't do as well.
     
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    Yep Marni, that would be using a daytime high sea level reference temp (88 F).
     
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    The type specimen was from 1500m, but it seems that the distribution and elevation is fairly widespread. I think the big problem is that it is a "polyblepharon type", many of which seem to be particular. I've spoken with 3 people/institutions that have kept the species. All say that it is a difficult plant and over the years all of them have lost the plant as well. I'm guessing that this batch is from the Indonesian side, while the others were from the other half. Maybe with some luck, these will be easier to grow. The flowers of this batch seems to be more robust than the older pics I have seen. Good luck.
     
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    A Manuran sighting!

    Thanks for the info, Chuck!
     
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    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Thanks Chuck. I'm guessing that I'll be a little more obsessive with a particular plant than the institutions are able to afford. Maybe I can sense problems more quickly and try out different things more easily.

    Then again, perhaps not. :D
     
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    Haha, Glad I can contribute a little Chris. I've obsessed over this plant for a decade and a half! lol. I drove through the Netherlands and Germany to talk to people about it! Jon, (sorry misspelled your name earlier) I think you certainly could give it more care than the Institution I spoke of, the other 2 were hobbyist. Either way, I know that plant is in good hands. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks Chuck :) You're on of my bulbo heros!
     
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    Did you get that new camera yet, Chuck?
     
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    Nice find, Jon.