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Bulbophyllum barbigerum


Bulbophyllum barbigerum Lindl.

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 Africa and West-Central Africa. 
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 pseudobulbs are flattened, smooth and orbicular in shape. Each pseudobulbs carries a ovate-lanceolate leaf. 
Flowers The flowers are borne on an inflorescence arising from the base of the pseudobulb. The flowers consist of triangular sepals with a tapering apex. The sepals have a light green outer surface and a maroon inner surface. The petals are small and white with a maroon, tapered apex. The flower lip is yellow-green and covered with red specks. The front of the lip is densely covered with long red-brown hairs.  

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Skyrise / Balcony

Plant Care and Propagation

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


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile
Foliar Margin Entire

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Brown, Red
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 32155
Species ID 6561
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.