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Graceful gracillimum

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2008 by rjcbarcode

On the 4th of May (2 Weeks ago) I finally aded a new plant to my cannot-squeeze-anymore collection. I can’t remember when was the last time I bought an orchid, that seemed quite long ago. Anyway I went to the Singapore Botanical Gardens for a morning jog and happened to pass by the orchid sales area (actually i went there because I knew there will be orchid sales).

It caught my eye.

The graceful looking inflorescence was just too much to resist. Furthermore I have been looking for this plant for quite long.

Bulbophyllum gracillimum originates from Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Maluku, Borneo, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Caledonia and Fiji – hence Singapore’s climate is suitable. It is a small plant which is a member of the Cirrhopetaloides section, similar to the familiar fan-like lepidum. This plant from the lowlands is usually found as an epiphyte in deeply shaded positions and is best grown on a slab with warm conditions provided year round and an evenly moist environment with good air circulation. Hmm…seems to match my growing area, though I may need to water more to keep bulbos happy. From the research done, this plant seems to be a frequent bloomer if the conditions are right, and I also observed that every pseudobulb has a spent spike. Looking forward to more flowers soon!

Downsides – The flowers last such a short while and I might miss it if I’m staying in camp for National service. Never mind, my Sony T200 will capture the finest moments!