By Rod Aisthorpe
This a miniature size species ranges from Burma and Thailand to Malaya. The
pseudobulbs are ovoid in shape about 2 cm high and spaced a few centimetres apart
on a creeping rhizome . Each bears a solitary leaf about 5 cm long. The flower is
produced singly on a 4cm stem and is distinguished by long hairs along the margins
of the labellum and inrolled lateral sepals which converge at their apices. There are
several colour formes from creamy with red small blotches to several other darker
formes. It is easily cultivated on a slab or in a saucer in warm to intermediate
conditions. The plant shown at June meeting is saucer grown in bark , coconut husk
and polystyrene and hanging about 1.5 meters from the floor. During the winter the
roof and three sides of the house are covered with solo weave with a gap at top of the
ends open for ventilation. In summer the solo weave covers are removed, leaving it
covered with 70% shade cloth.
Cirrhopetalum lasiochilum 1874, Phyllorchis lasiochila 1891, Cirrhopetalum
breviscapum 1905, bulbophyllum breviscapum 1907.
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