gnathaniel and others --
Alas, the little beaut had no scent that I detected. It may have slipped one by me if it has a short 'smell period', but I tried to whiff it a few times a day. I purchased this at Hilltop Orchids, just about 1 hour away from me. Dick at Hilltop sold me this one - 8 mature pseudos and the beginning of two bloom shoots - it bloomed out over the course of about 4 weeks, with the blooms filling out over the course of about 1 week. It was great taking pics of the blooms as they got longer and longer.
The same day Dick also sold me a Bulbophyllum medusea - 6 pseudos with a bloom stalk just starting. The bloom sheath tip got slightly bruised in transit (my car) and the stalk is taking forever to get any bigger. I do notice some lengthening, but it is slowwww. I have never had these before, pretty new to the whole Bulbophyllum family, but I have always admired them from afar. The ones I wanted have always been out of my price range
, but Dick gave me what I think was a pretty good deal - $30.00 on the longissimum and $35.00 on the medusea -
)! I think he really undersold himself on the medusea, as the price tag was really blurred; I could not tell if it read 35, 65 or 85. The tag on the one I bought LOOKED like it said 35. When I asked him about it, he took a long time to answer, obviously counting the various orchids I had bought from him, and told me he would let me have it at $35. I am not sure that a second one would sell for that.
If anyone has bloomed a Bulb. medusea let me know of your experience with the time it took to bloom.