This little beauty belongs to the enormous Bulbophyllum genus of the orchid family. Its bright orange flowers have dark red spots that inspired its scientific name, Bulbophyllum pardalotum, which means spotted like a leopard. The small flowers are 3/4 inch (2 cm) across.

Bulbophyllum flowerBulbophyllum flowerBulbophyllum flower close up

This species is native to the Philippines, where it’s a neighbor to this Oberonia on the island of Luzon. The flowers open during the day and close at night, and last about a week and a half.

Bulbophyllum flowerBulbophyllum flower

The Bulbophyllum genus contains hundreds of fascinating and unusual species. Some are enormous, others microscopic. Many have bizarrely shaped flowers. This spotted species doesn’t have a scent, but some in the genus produce the smell of rotting meat to attract flies to pollinate them. Although these aren’t commonly offered for sale, it’s reason enough to check the fragrance of an orchid before you buy it.

Bulbophyllum flowerBulbophyllum plant

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5 Comments on “Bulbophyllum”

  1. Dana Says:

    Rotting meat?!?! You mean there’s an orchid that smells like my fridge??? 😉

  2. Joy Blake Says:

    That’s a stunningly beautiful flower. I love the leopard spots.

  3. Pamela84 Says:

    Incredible flowers! Thanks for the great photos.

  4. GreenThumbGuy Says:

    Great warm colors. It’s certainly not an orchid you see everyday.

  5. Jeri Says:

    What a charmer!