For the first time researchers have described the night-flowering orchid. This “Remarkable” specimen of orchid consistently flower at night due to the reasons unknown.
This plant was discovered by a Dutch researcher while his expedition to New Britain, an island near Papua New Guinea and the findings have been published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.
This species of plant is wonderful, as no species of orchid was found to flower at night as reported by researchers. This plant is found to belong to Bulbophyllum genus, which is the largest group in orchid family with about 2000 species.
Dr. Ed de Vogel, co-author of the research, found the plant during his field trip in a region of lowland rainforest on the Pacific Island. He took the sample of the plant to Netherlands to study the withering effects of the buds upon reaching the size that would normally produce 2cm flowers. In the study, he was surprised by the fact that flowers opened after few hours of dusk and closed after few hours of sunrise. He teamed up with experts including Andre Schuiteman, orchid specialist at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in order to work on the species.
André schuiteman, Jaap jan vermeulen, Ed de vogel, Art vogel, (2011). Nocturne for an unknown pollinator: first description of a night-flowering orchid (Bulbophyllum nocturnum). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01183.x