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Bulbophyllum falcatum


Bulbophyllum falcatum (Lindl.) Rchb.f.

Family Name: Orchidaceae


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution West Tropical Africa to South-West Kenya. 
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A sympodial epiphyte, it has a creeping growth form. 
Foliage The leaves are borne on the pseudobulbs in pairs and are elliptic-oblanceolate in shape. 
Stems The stem is a creeping rhizome about 2 to 3mm in diameter. The pseudobulbs are ovoid to ovoid-conical in shape and are angled. 
Flowers The small flowers are arranged in two rows on a flattened rachis and have reddish-purple sepals and petals. The dorsal sepal is yellow and oblong-spathulate. The flower lip is recurved and fleshy. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Purple, Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Bilateral

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Master ID 32055
Species ID 6460
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.