February 6, 2023 Virtual Zoom Meeting – Bulbophyllums: A Glimpse into the Largest Genus of Orchids

Our speaker will be our own Austin Miller! Austin is an active member of the Genesee Region Orchid Society and former tropical greenhouse manager of multiple nurseries, including Marlow Orchids, where he cultivated numerous orchid genera, aroids, and carnivorous plants. He has been growing orchids for just five years, but grows over 100 orchids in his personal collection in a 25 square foot grow space under LEDs.

Austin studied biotechnology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with his focus on horticulture and a special interest in tissue culture.

His talk, “Bulbophyllum: A Glimpse into the Largest Genus of Orchids”, will focus on the genus Bulbophyllum, its origins, and the culture of the plants. According to the American Orchid Society, “The genus Bulbophyllum was described by Louis-Marie Aubert Du Petit-Thouars in 1822, with the name coming from the Greek bulbos (bulb) and phyllon (leaf). Bulbophyllum and closely allied genera (especially Cirrhopetalum) are considered to be the largest group of orchids… (with) more than 2000 species in Bulbophyllum. Predominately tropical or subtropical, Bulbophyllum can also… range into temperate regions.”

The Zoom meeting will begin around 6:00 p.m., with our speaker scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Members will receive an email with the link to the Zoom meeting, as usual.

photo of bulbophyllum medusae, copyright Austin Miller

Bulbophyllum medusae. Photo ©Austin Miller

photo of bulbophyllum bicolor, copyright Austin Miller

Bulbophyllum bicolor. Photo ©Austin Miller