Orchideen Cirrhopetalum makoyanum
Die Cirrhopetalutn-, Bulbophyllum- and Megaclinium kinship is home to species with truly fantastic inflorescences. In the inflorescence of C. longiflorum a fan, in that of C.makoyanum almost a wagon wheel - admittedly without rims – infront of us, the flower clusters of C. medusae are reminiscent of a girl's head with a long head, loose hair.
The inflorescence of Bulbophyllum saurocephalum, on the other hand, contains elements of a prehistoric reptile body in two senses. Overall, the inflorescence gives the impression of a lizard's tail, what is based on it, that in this clan, which deviates completely from the orchid norm, the hanging, unbranched inflorescence axis is fleshy and thickened and also appears scaly due to the small florets lying close to the surface. The small flowers resemble open mouths, where the "tip" is the labellum, the underlying "tongue base" is the united pair of sepals, the "toothed upper jaw" corresponds to the column and the "palate" corresponds to the unpaired outer petal.
In Megaclinium pobeguinii we now admire a loner with a flattened and widened inflorescence axis, who also gave this plant the popular name "Sword of Africa". The small, Blossoms equipped with a wobbly label sit on the median of this "sword", which is strongly corrugated at the edge. So it is entirely true, when Karl v. Goebel, the father of modern morphology, in his work "Blossom Formation and Sprout Design" deals with the genus Megaclinium in the chapter "Rarities Chamber".