Sunday, April 12, 2009

Cirrhopetalum fan

Cirrhopetalum auratum - is a small orchid from SE Asia's rain forest, sometimes placed as a section in the large genus Bulbophyllum in which case it would be called B. auratum.

A very interesting feature of the live flowers is that their lips are all hinged and movable and will nod at the slightest vibration - its a very animated inflorescence. Supposedly, it produces alot of sweet nectar, so much, in fact, that small insects may drown in their quest.

5 comments:

Claude said...

Nature never ceases to amaze one... no matter what you can imagine, nature has already thought of it, and probably outdone you! Fascinating plant...

Titania said...

I am pleased to see and to read about this orchid. I have one growing for many years in a very flat hanging pot. Last year it was swamped with flowers and I love them, so dainty and beautiful. They are starting to flower now but so far I have only seen one or two flowers emerging. Thank you for the information.

Hermes said...

You post such fascinating pictures of plants I have never heard of.

Hort Log said...

I saw my first Cirrhopetalum bloom about thirteen or fouteen years ago and it was such an intricate and animated structure that I thought it seemed something out of a skilled toymaker's hands.

Hort Log said...

Hi Trudi,

you are in a very blessed climate for a garden.... being able to grow both tropical and temperate plants.

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