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

Photo by Rogier Van Vugt and his P base Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo By Weitlian and his Taiwan Orchid Site

View from above Photo courtesy of Ichiro "Haru" Ohsaka and his Bulbophyllum page


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