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Old 08-03-2018, 07:20 AM
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Hi all, I've just recently got a new Orchid. Unfortunately, it didn't come with a name tag. The seller also seemed rather perplexed about what it was, so here I am! Thanks in advance for any help!

I've concluded that it's probably a bulbophyllum, due to the way it looks but I'm pretty uncertain about that. Further doubling the mystery, it's not in bloom...

If it's any help, the plant originally came from a cool environment.

Anyway, thanks a lot in advance!
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It's nearly impossible to ID a bulbo without a flower...
might be B. lobbii...

Good luck with it anyways!
Post a pic when it flowers
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Ah, is that so... Well, thanks a lot anyways! But actually, I just went out and found that the bulbs were yellowing and that they felt rather squishy? But they seemed a bit shriveled at the same time... Sorry, if that's confusing but it's the best I could think of.

Is there perhaps something I could be doing wrong? I'm really new to the bulbophyllum genus so I have no idea.
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Ah, is that so... Well, thanks a lot anyways! But actually, I just went out and found that the bulbs were yellowing and that they felt rather squishy? But they seemed a bit shriveled at the same time... Sorry, if that's confusing but it's the best I could think of.

Is there perhaps something I could be doing wrong? I'm really new to the bulbophyllum genus so I have no idea.
Depends on how squishy they are...
Could be that the bulb you saw is old...

But there's new growth so that's good.

If you got it from a cool climate then keep it in a cool climate.

Also remember that bulbophyllums need lots of water, I water mine daily.
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Okay, thanks for all the help!
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How are your growing your "Bulbophyllum"?

Squishy bulbs with shriveled bulbs regardless of new growth or not sounds like it has a lot of damaged roots and may have been overwatered. Do you have a photo of this plant?

While it is true that Bulbophyllums do need quite a bit of moisture, they can still be overwatered.

How cool of an environment were these orchid found? If you are in Indonesia, depending on where you are, it might be too warm for the orchid.

It is difficult to ID an orchid without seeing the flowers and the plant itself, but people might be able to get a ballpark idea of what it is, again, I think it is a good idea to post pics.
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Sorry, the post actually had photos, but I must've accidentally removed them, they're back up now. As for watering, it originally came from somewhere where it rains a good deal of the time and the humidity is very very high. Like fog rolls in after noon, and you can't see a thing. So I'm unclear on that.

As for whether, it suits my current place, I don't really know, which is why I'm trying to find the species. It seems to be an indonesian species though.

I'm currently growing it in a pretty standard way, 1 a day watering. Since I've had it for less than a week, I haven't really done anything, except for mount it.

However, do you agree with my assessment that it's a bulbophyllum? I thought it was one, but looking through orchid photos has gotten me quite confused...
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From the photo I can say that it is 100% a Bulbophyllum.

It is very difficult to tell what species it is without a flower, but it looks like and even sounds like from your description of its natural habitat that it could be a Bulbophyllum in section Epicranthes.

These types of Bulbophyllums are known to come from highland areas.

The other possibility are Bulbophyllums from section Beccariana.

Watering once a day is fine.

From the pics, the plant looks good.
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It does indeed look similar to them. It's also good to know the plant looks like it's doing well. I suppose it's impossible to tell the exact species without flowers, but thanks for the detailed answers!
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