bul·​bo·​phyl·​lum | \ ˌbəl-(ˌ)bō-ˈfi-ləm How to pronounce bulbophyllum (audio) \
plural bulbophyllums

Definition of bulbophyllum

: 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.

First Known Use of bulbophyllum

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Bulbophyllum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulbophyllum. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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