Solenangis aphylla (Thouars) Summerh. 1943 Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patrick Henschke

Differnt Colored Flower

Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion Photos by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website


Common Name The Leafless Solenangis

Flower Size .1 to .2" [2 to 3mm]

Found in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Zanzibar, the Mascarene Islands and Mozambique at elevations of sea level to 300 meters in thickets and bushes near the coast as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender elongate stems giving rise to many roots all along and no leaves. The orchid blooms in the spring on many, all along the stem, .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long, 8 to 16 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Aerobion aphyllum (Thouars) Spreng. 1826; *Angraecum aphyllum Thouars 1822; Angraecum defoliatum Schltr. 1913; Epidorchis aphylla (Thouars) Kuntze 1891; Gastrochilus aphyllus (Thouars) Kuntze 1891; Gussonea aphylla (Thouars) A. Rich. 1828; Gussonea defoliata (Schltr.) Schltr. 1915; Microcoelia aphylla (Thouars) Summerh. 1936; Mystacidium aphyllum (Thouars) Cordem. 1895; Rhaphidorhynchus aphyllus (Thouars) Finet 1907; Saccolabium aphyllum (Thouars) Lindl. 1833;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Angraecum aphyllum drawing fide; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Angraecum aphyllum; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 as Solenangis aphylla drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as Solenangis aphylla; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1936/1981; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell As Solenangis aphylla photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 as Solenangis aphyllus; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;