This is my bulbophyllum longissimum. It grows in a northeast facing window in my kitchen, and it has re-bloomed twice since I bought it a couple of years ago.
It is planted in a basket, and I water and fertilize it on the same schedule as my other orchids. (week one: plain water, week two: Superthrive, week three: plain water, week four: Michigain State University tap water special orchid fertilizer.) The flower is pendulous and about eight inches long. It has a strange scent which is vaguely unappealing, but it’s so cool-looking that I don’t mind. The flower lasts about a week.
This orchid is a warm-growing species that is native to Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia. I read up on how to grow it, and opinions are so wildly divergent that I just trusted my instincts and did what I thought the plant would like. For instance, one man fertilizes his twice a week while it’s growing. That’s a lot of fertilizer for an orchid.
Here’s a close-up of the flower. Someone told me it looked like a squid, which is quite true, I think.
This is my most expensive orchid. I paid $40 for it, which, for me, is a lot. But it’s so interesting and reliable, and such a great addition to my collection.