Orchideen Cirrhopetalum medusae
No fear, Dear Reader, You will not petrify at the sight of this Medusa head! Isn't this something that was feared in ancient times?, snake-haired monster, but about the many-flowered inflorescence of a delightful orchid.
As in no other species of this genus, the lateral sepals of Cirrhopetalum medusae are elongated like threads beyond the normal extent. A principle that often applies in the vegetable kingdom is also realized here, to crowd inconspicuous single flowers together to form head-like aggregations, so that when pollinated it gives the impression of a single large flower. This peculiar Cirrhopetalum is not only very popular as an ornamental plant in its Javanese homeland, it is also a gem in European collections, American and Australian orchid lover. Incidentally, all Cirrhopetalum and Bulbophyllum species are popular representatives of botanical collections because of their dwarfism and their interesting floral costume.
Because there are close family ties between Bulbophyllum and Cirrhopetalum, become the two genera – including megaclinium – also often united in one genus, where the in the drive 1824 first given by the French Thouars name Bulbophyllum is to be regarded as valid.
The distribution area of the Cirrhopetalum- Kinship extends from East Africa through tropical Asia to Tahiti. The genus Bulbophyllum, however – with their 1000 to 1500 Species one of the most species-rich plant genera at all – is in the tropical regions of all continents, but mostly in the Old World, represented.