Bulbophyllum minutum Thouars 1822 SECTION Bifalcula Schlechter 1925 Photo by © M Kindler

Another Flower??? NOT Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Another Inflorescence? NOT photo by © Rogier Van Vugt and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Plant and Flowers? in situ Reunion NOT Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Herbaria Specimen Herbarium Specimen © Maintained by Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Part Shade Hot spring THROUGH MIDFall

Common Name The Tiny Bulbophyllum

Flower Size

Found in Madagascar?, the Mascarenes and Reunion in semi-deciduous forests at elevations of sea level to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with an orbicular pseudobulb carrying two, apical, shortly elliptic, truncate, apically bilobed, basally clasping leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on an erect, [3.6 to 4.8" [9 to 12 cm] long overall, rachis very thin, very sinuate, successively few, 14 to 15 flowered inflorescence with narrow, very acute, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

CAUTION !!! The first photo above matches Cribb's 2009 photo exactly, the other photos above do not match any of the descriptions nor the photo provided by Cribb in 2009. Thouars did not have any flowers in his type description or drawing nor does the type preserved in Paris, leaving the determination somewhat tenuous by anyone but Cribb's and Kindler's photos do show the very thin, zig-zag, short rachis while the other photos and the herbarium specimen do not and they are all also taken in Reunion so I tend to follow Cribb--- BUT Please Use with CAUTION!!!!

Synonyms Bulbophyllum implexum Jum. & H.Perrier 1912; Phyllorkis minuta (Thouars) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb And Bosser 2007; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendroideae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb Chase & Ramussen 2014; A field Guide tothe Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo not