Chiloschista pusilla [Willd.] Schlechter 1919

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Small Flowered Chiloschista

Flower Size

Found in southcentral China, Malaysia and Vietnam in primary montane forests on coffee plants at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte that blooms in the spring with several fragrant flowers on a pendant 6" [15 cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

CAUTION I am very unsure of this determination. Most likely [Kew and Chinese refererences] this species is Taeniophyllum pusillum but the photos I have are definitely of a Chiloschista so... Which Chiloschista it may be? The Chinese references depict a Taeniophyllum. I need more references to sort this one out.

Synonyms Epidendrum pusillum J.König in A.J.Retzius 1791; *Limodorum pusillum Willd. 1805; Oeceoclades retzii Lindl 1833; Taeniophyllum pusillum (Willd.) Seidenf. & Ormerod 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 as Taeniophyllum pusilum sic not; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;