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Bulbophyllum medusae

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Podochilaeae
SubTribe: Bulbophyllinae
Genus: Bulbophyllum
Species: Bulb. medusae
Binomial name
Bulbophyllum medusae
[Lindley]Rchb.f 1861

Bulbophyllum medusae is a species of Bulbophyllum found in Asia.


Plant blooms from fall or early winter with a cluster of flowers. Each cluster is comprised of 30-100 tiny flowers each with long slender sepals. The sepals may be as long as 15 cm. Flowers are fragrant. In the wild it grows hanging from trees and rocks so the flower spikes may emerge from the base of each pseudobulb.

It is an epiphytic orchid from the Malay Peninsula, Thailand and Borneo at elevations of 0 to 400 meters. It has stiff dark green leaves about 10 cm long. A single leaf emerges from each of the walnut-sized pseudobulbs. It is a creeping orchid and it can spread to cover the pot or slab it is living on.

Bulbophyllum medusae was mentioned in Annales Botanices Systematicae in 1864.


The plant is found growing in the Malay Peninsula, Thailand and Borneo.


Keep plant in warm temperatures. Keep moist in summer seasons and do not allow mix to dry, in winter keep the mix slight dry and reduce watering. Keep good air movement to avoid fungal growth. Keep plants in shade. Pot plants in sphagnum moss, fine bark, or mounted.


Entymology:Named after Gorgon Medusa of Greek mythology since the long lateral sepals of its flowers are rather like the snakes that formed Medusa's hair.

Common Names: Medusa's Bulbophyllum


  1. *Cirrhopetalum medusae Lindley 1842
  2. Phyllorchis medusae [Lindley] O. Ktze. 1891