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Night-flowering orchid

Bulbophyllum nocturnum

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bulbophyllum (bulb-oh-FILL-um) (Info)
Species: nocturnum (NOK-ter-num) (Info)

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On Feb 12, 2018, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The description of the first known night blooming orchid (which was discovered in 2011) by Rogier van Vugt, the Head Gardener at the greenhouses at Leiden University and at Hortus botanicus Leiden, from Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands:

"Bulbophyllum nocturnum is perhaps one of the most remarkable orchid species described from the orchid collection @hortusleiden. This plant was collected from a wood concession on the island New Britain in Papua New Guinea. This meant that it's natural habitat is now gone. It was a young plant when collected so no one ever saw the flowers. Once in cultivation at the Hortus it either made buds or had wilted flowers but never did someone see an open flowers, which made the orchid people in Leiden think it might be a night flowering orchid. ... read more

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