The Puppet Master Revealed: Unraveling the Mystery of Bulbophyllum Macrorhopalon

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A video posted by the Instagram page Orchids of Kurt closely examines and depicts “The Puppet Master,” Bulbophyllum macrorhopalon. Indigenous to New Guinea, this species thrives in montane forests at elevations around 1,800 to 2,300 meters. It is a continuously branching, pendulous, epiphytic plant. This habitat is quite similar to other species from this section. The flower of this plant defies explanation. Its two petals resemble a puppeteer with two marionettes, each adorned with three cat claw-like papillose appendages that spin freely from silky threads with just a breath of air. These features classify the plant in the Family Orchidaceae, Subfamily Epidendroideae, Subtribe Bulbophyllinae, Genus Bulbophyllum, Section Epicrianthes, and Species Bulbophyllum macrorhopalon.

The trending post by Orchids of Kurt informs followers about the benefits of Bulbophyllum macrorhopalon and their availability in New Guinea. The median appendage of this species is bigger and slightly differently shaped than the two lateral ones. Of all Bulbophyllum sections, Epicrianthes species are some of the most uncommon in cultivation. They are beautiful and stunning. In New Guinea, there are 20 known species, but Orchids of Kurt presents this species due to its unique color and nutrient-rich properties, making it easy to cultivate.


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The Puppetmaster” is an apt nickname for Bulbophyllum macrorhopalon Schltr., from section Epicrianthes; a continuously branching pendant epiphyte found exclusively in the montane forests of Papua New Guinea. The plant habit is quite similar to other species from this section. However, its flower is extraordinary, with two petals resembling a puppeteer with her two marionettes. Each petal features three cat claw-like papillose appendages that spin freely from silky threads with just a breath of air. The median appendage is bizarrely bigger and a slightly different shape than the two lateral ones. Of all Bulbophyllum sections, Epicrianthes species are some of the most uncommon in cultivation. However, they are just as stunningly beautiful as they are unusual. In New Guinea, there are 20 known species, but only this one is cultivated by the page’s owner.

Orchids of Kurt is an Instagram account that showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids, a type of flowering plant. The account operator is a passionate orchid enthusiast who grows and cares for their own collection of orchids in their greenhouse. They post photos and videos of their orchids, as well as tips and tricks on how to cultivate and maintain them. They also share stories and facts about the history and culture of orchids around the world. Orchids of Kurt is a great source of inspiration and information for anyone who loves orchids or wants to learn more about them.

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