Bulbophyllum medusae is a small orchid with white flowers resembling an explosion of fireworks.
It is an epiphytic orchid with pseudo-bulbs of 3-4 cm and a creeping rhizome.
A single leave emerges at the top of the pseudobulb. It is 10 cm long, stiff and dark green.
The inflorescence consists of 30-100 flowers appearing on top of erect stems of 20 cm long, sprouting from the pseudo-bulbs. The sepals are up to 15 cm long. The flower emits an unpleasant odor.
Flowering occurs in autumn and winter.
Cirrhopetalum medusae, Phyllorkis medusae
Lowland forests on trunks and main branches of trees, 0 to 400 meters
Bulbophyllum: from the Latin bulbus (bulb) and Greek phyllon (leaf), referring to the pseudo-bulbs on top of which the leaves appear
Medusae: after the mythological figure Medusa with snakes for hair
Hot: 25 to over 30 °C during the day, minimum 16 °C at night
Light, no direct sunlight
Keep moist but no standing water
60-80 % but well ventilated
In pot: half bark, half moss. But it is advisable to grow it in an open basket or mounted on a slab of bark because of its creeping rhizome and because it does not like to have the roots disturbed when repotting.
Specialized orchid fertilizer, every two weeks during growth period