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The amazing Bulb. kubahense

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Ricardo, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Zack, I doubt you'll have much trouble growing this one here without a terrarium. I think it gets pretty big, so it would almost need its own tank by the time it's bloom size.

    I think Zack should be first in line since he's waiting so patiently...just make sure you order one for me too :p
     
  2. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Okay, I will take the last one available then:p
     
  3. Zack

    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    By the time it's flowering size, I might not be here in New Orleans anymore. Besides, I don't see anything wrong with having a tank dedicated to this plant :)
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    It's not big at all. The photos are deceiving, a mature plant has a pbulb the size of a small pea with maybe a 4-5 inch long leaf. Flowers no bigger than an inch and half.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Zach, I didn't realize that! I thought it was much longer. You're correct that the photos are deceiving! Did you import the ones you got?
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Yes we got 7 of them. Unfortunately they arrived in bad shape and died soon after arrival along with the other 53 plants. The supplier is making good on the deal and sending everything again. That was a sad day after a very long wait. :(
     
  7. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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  8. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    I have seen that small pieces can be had for 150 dollars if you search for them hard enough. Any prospect that this plant will become more available and less expensive in the future?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I would suspect that more seed grown plants should start showing in the next few years. It seems to be a matter of luck, deep pockets or patience at this time. I believe the seedlings I bought are getting close to blooming size, but I haven't seen a spike yet.
     
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  10. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    I first saw an image of B.kubahense in 2008 when a contact I have in Peninsula Malaysia sent it to me. He bought it from a roadside vendor in Sarawak Borneo. My reply to him was as follows:

    "Your lovely plant intrigues me. The leaves look like refractilingue soft leaves, which are a lovely coppery colour when forming. The creeping climbing habit is also normal with this species.The flower colour with red-purple spots is somewhat similar to that species, but the flowers themselves are presented differently. B.refractilingue normally has a sub-umbellate inflorescence 11-16cm long with 5-8 flowers which are appox 2cm long and have a mossy scent but don't normally open as wide as the flowers shown. Also the flowers in your image are very close together. The main difference between B.refractilingue and your plant is the shape of the inflorescence and the compact cluster of open flowers.
    Is it possible to give me the size of the flowers also the length of the largest leaf? B.refractilingue is endemic to Borneo, is your plant a hybrid or a new species? I wonder."

    I have attached his image he sent to me. refract2.jpg
     
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    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Have attached an old image of my Bulbophyllum refractilingue, Unfortunately no longer with me. refractilingue.jpg
     
  12. annabanana1987

    annabanana1987 Active Member

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    Sorry for your lose its a cute bloomer
     
  13. Catt Mandu

    Catt Mandu New Member

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    B.kubahense is likely not in my future as an indoor grower, temperate climate, no greenhouse. It sounds like the growth habit is not compatible with those conditions. However, I do hope this species can and will become more available for growers with the right conditions. Beautiful plant!!
     
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    MiKa Active Member Supporting Member

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    There is something in me that says Hybrid when I look at the flowers of this supposed natural species.
     
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    Daethen Orchid Mom

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    Hybrid or not, if it ever becomes reasonably priced and available, it will be mine.
     
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  16. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Bulbophyllums kubahense and refractilingue are both good species. My previous post on kubahense together with the reply to my contact are from 2008 long before the formal description was published.
     
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    MiKa Active Member Supporting Member

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    I'm perfectly aware that both these species name are valid. I just expressed my initial and later thought when this showed up on Flickr in 2008.
     
  18. johnlapointe

    johnlapointe New Member

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    if you are still interested in Bulbophyllum kubahense watch ebay site naomim320, she just received a flask of them a while back, will be ready spring of 2017