Bulbophyllum inconspicuum

Family Orchidaceae
Subfamily Epidendroideae
Tribe Podochilaeae (also placed in Dendrobieae)
Subtribe Bulbophyllinae
Scientific name Bulbophyllum inconspicuum Maximovicz
Synonyms none
Common name (Japanese common name) mugi-ran (ムギラン, 麦蘭 [meaning: wheat orchid])
(English common name) none
Distribution (Japan) Honshu (west of Kanto region), Shikoku, Kyushu
(Other nations) none
Habitat Mountane wet evergreen forest
Chromosomal number 2n=38
Description Leaves 1-3cm long, 6-8mm wide. Flowers pale yellow, bracts 2mm long, sepals 3-3.5mm long, flowering in June to July. Epiphyte on trunk of old trees or lithophyte on rocks. Perennial plants.
Reference Bulbophyllum inconspicuum Maxim.
Bulbophyllum brevipedunculatum T. C. Hsu & S. W. Chung
Chromosome counts on thirty endangered plant species in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan
Note Rare species.
Photo at Meiji University below is that of an orchid which was cultivated by Mr. Masakuni Odakura and displayed at a lecture in Meiji University (Tokyo, Japan).

May 2011
at Meiji University
August 2009
at mountane streamside