Bulbophyllum arfakianum alba 4" FS
Bulbophyllum arfakianum alba
species - Papua, New Guinea
Enter the world of bizarre orchids...many of which are Bulbophyllums! This one is native to the Arfak Mountains in Papua, New Guinea, the Eastern half of New Guinea, often referred to simply as Papua.
Bulbophyllum arfakianum is a warm grower (it does well for us with 65 degree nights or above - warm-hot day temperatures as weather may be). It also like moist, humid conditions and we've found it does better in New Zealand sphagnum moss that in bark.
Flowers are around 3" long, but what appears to the casual observer are the sepals. The petals and bobbing lip are way inside like some creature from a Sci-fi movie. It may bloom at any time of year and the flowers occur singly on 6-8" stems. Grow it on the shady side keeping it moist. Add a liquid or water soluble fertilizer to your watering regimen a couple of times a month. (see ours in the "Supplies" section).
These plants are flowering size (FS), but not currently in spike or flower.