Bulbophyllum Alliance

(pronounced: bulb-oh-FILL-um)

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The Bulbophyllum Alliance is another very large assemblage of species at one time described in a number of different genera including Cirrhopetalum, Trias, and dozens of other names that have now all been synonymized with Bulbophyllum. It is still common to find plants in the horticultural trade labeled with these older names and will likely be for some time to come. Today, the Alliance consists of one megagenus (Bulbophyllum), containing about 2,200 species distributed from continental tropical Africa, Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Reunion, and Mauritius (about 200 species), India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and the tropical Pacific islands as far east as Tahiti (about 1,700 species) to the Neotropics (about 100 species). The main centers of diversity are Madagascar (200 species) and New Guinea (600 species). Some of the more common former genera now synonymous with Bulbophyllum include: Cirrhopetalum and Trias.

Care & Culture Sheet

A detailed Care & Culture Sheet for the genus can be found by clicking the link(s) below or scanning the QR Code; however, this sheet may not be representative of all plants in this alliance or genus.

Genera List

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