Bulbophyllum schillerianum H.G. Reichb. By Michael Zink This is one of only three species of Bulbophyllum in the section Oxysepalum that you  will find growing in South-eastern Qld and Central to North-eastern NSW, the other  two being B. sheperdii and B. lamingtonense. Of the three species B. schillerianum is the only one to extend itself to the tropics as  far north as the mountains in the vicinity of Cooktown, where it shares its habitat  with the other five members of this section, namely B.gadgarrense,  B.grandimesense, B.lewisense, B.wadsworthii and B.windsorense. With a natural  range this far north it lends itself to a wide range of both natural and cultural  conditions, it does however prefer the cooler side as I remember having tried to grow  it several times in different locations below the Toowoomba range, managing it for  the winter, but then losing it with the onset of summer. I do believe however that it  would be well suited to coastal areas of S.E Qld, due to the onshore breezes they  experience during summer.   In my collection there are several different forms of this species and they all receive  the same care, the most fundamental point being, to keep the moisture away during  hot periods with little or no air movement, if this isn't   adopted in culture, the plant can (and often does) drop its leaves, resulting in either  the death of it, or an unsightly mass of leafless rhizomes which either, never recover,  or take years to do so! Fertilizers, as with most Australian natives should contain  lower concentrations of nitrogen and applied weekly between Sept-April late in the  evening, and normal watering 3-4 times per week or less depending on your  individual humidity levels. Avoid leaf dehydration as this seems to be irreversible as  well. Shade requirements are negligible, although an avoidance of full sun would be  best. (Continued) Growing Oncidium species in Brisbane Environmental Conditions for Vandaceous Orchids Adelopetalum bracteatum Aerangis modesta Ancistrochilus rothschildianus Ascocentrum christensonianum Bulbophyllum annandalei   Bulbophyllum dissitiflorum Bulbophyllum hamelinii  Bulbophyllum lasiochilum Bulbophyllum lobbii Bulbophyllum schillerianum Cattleya loddigesii Cattleya skinneri Coelia triptera Cymbidium erythraeum More Articles