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Familia: Orchidaceae • Subfamilia: Epidendroideae • Tribus: Dendrobieae • Subtribus: Bulbophyllinae • Genus: Bulbophyllum • Species: Bulbophyllum lobbii . Lindl. (1847)

 

The Bulbophyllum lobbii is one of about 2000 species in the genus, with many of them looking similar but for slight differences in colours. This one is widespread in Asia, from north eastern India to Phillipines. It thrives in the lowland and montane forests between 200m to 2,200m above sea level. It was discovered by Thomas Lobb in Java in 1846. It

is also called Thailand Bulbophyllum or Sumatran Bulbophyllum.

 

The generic name comes from “bolbos" (bulb) and “phyllum" (leaf) and refers to the thick leaves. It is an epiphyte, an 'air plant' that grows on other plants or objects, but it is non parasitic. It obtains moisture and nutrients from the atmosphere and rain, and also from the debris accumulating around it.

 

Interestingly, the labellum works as an ellastic. When an insect lands there, it will move violently up and down, throwing the insect against the pollen which sticks on their back.

When the fly visits another flower, the movement of the labellum makes it deposit the pollen onto the flower.

 

Having done some reading after I started photographing them, I find myself overwhelmed by the diversity in orchids. This photo was taken at the Kipandi Butterfly Park which also houses the two nurseries for wild orchids. The nursery is an orchid conservation project, growing orchids collected from the forests, and from areas felled for their logs.

Flying through space.. I keep imagining Darth Vader sitting there in the cradle! Was this his space bike? B.Lobii at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

 

Blogged: Sabah Nature Photography. sabahnature.wordpress.com/

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バルボフィラム ロビイ ノブコ /Bulbophyllum lobii 'Y. Nobuko' ラン科バルボフィラム属

奇跡の星の植物館

 

Bulbophyllums are fly-pollinated. The fly lands on the lip, which tips back and dumps the fly against the pollinia. This fly got caught in the act. Undoubtedly it’s not the natural pollinator and it’s the wrong size, and it got stuck in the orchid, wiggling its legs while I photographed it at my leisure.

This orchid is known as bulbophyllum lobii and manages to look beautiful despite its long name!

This orchid is always a beauty.

A few of my plants were in flower recently.

More on my orchids at:

www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-T-my-life-with-orchids/1196...

Another cross within the genus Bulbophyllum - it is lobii x echinolabium. The traits from Bulbophyllum lobbii can clearly be seen.

they grow on a dead tree and 100% exposed to sunlight. when will the dead tree fall? hehe

This orchid is always a beauty.

A few of my plants were in flower recently.

More on my orchids at:

www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-T-my-life-with-orchids/1196...

A primary hybrid between Bulbophyllum lobii X Bulbophyllum echinolabium

Mt. Kinabalu at 5,500 ft level....something unique about this species is that the centre-piece peddle actually "bow" when there is gentle breeze.

It's hard to see here. Look at the other picture which is zoomed in.

Bulbophyllum lobii

Adquirida do"Português" - Ilhota/SC

See the pinkish color..its cool!

a bit darker but can you see the clump of lobbii?

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