Bulbophyllum japonicum [Makino] Makino 1910 SECTION Brachyantha Rchb.f 1861

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Common Name The Japanese Bulbophyllum - In Japan Miyama-mugi-ran - In China Liu Chun Juan Nab Lan

Flower Size 1/8" [5 mm]

Found in Japan, the Ryukyus, China and Taiwan in broad leaved forests at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, miniature epiphyte best mounted on treefern and given a well-shaded humid environment with moderate water, year round that has closely spaced to distant, ovoid psuedobulbs carrying a single, apical, fleshy, oblong-lanceolate, tapering to a shortly petiolate base leaf that is acute at both the apex and the base and blooms in the late spring on a slender, 1 5/8" [4 cm] long, erect inflorecence that is shorter than the leaf and has an apical umbel of a few to several flowers.

This species grows well in cool to warm temperatures, partial shade and ample water if mounted on tree fern or grown in a pot with a free draining medium.

Synonyms Bulbophyllum inabai Hayata 1914; Cirrhopetalum inabai Hayata 1914; *Cirrhopetalum japonicum Makino 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Notes on Cirrhopetalum Seidenfadden 1973 drawing ok; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1991; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;