bul·​bo·​phyl·​lum ˌbəl-(ˌ)bō-ˈfi-ləm How to pronounce bulbophyllum (audio)
plural bulbophyllums
: any of a large genus (Bulbophyllum) of chiefly tropical and subtropical orchids that grow on plants or rocks and that have creeping rhizomes, a rounded bulblike stem bearing one or two leaves, and an often showy flower with a hinged labellum

Note: Many bulbophyllums are pollinated by flies and the flowers of some plants emit a pungent, often offensive odor to attract flies that feed on decaying flesh.

Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bulbophyllum was in 1885

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“Bulbophyllum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulbophyllum. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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