!Microcoelia exilis Lindl. 1830 Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Sean Ashby

Part sunWarm To Cool LATE Fall TO Spring

Common Name The Thin-Leafed Microcoelia - In Kenya - Ndiko

Flower Size 1/32" to 1/16" [1 to 2mm]

Found in Natal South Africa, Swaziland, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia on trees in riverine and coastal forests, often in the smallest branches almost hanging free, at elevations around 500 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, leafless epiphyte with short stems carrying many silvery gray green roots that blooms on several [2 to 5], axillary, thin, arching, 3/4" to 5" [2 to 13 cm] long, racemose, many [15 to 20] flowered inflorescence occuring in nature in the fall to spring.

A grey paint is extracted from the roots by boiling that is often used to ornament arrows.

Synonyms Angraecum chiloschistae Rchb. f. 1847; Epidorchis exilis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Gussonea chiloschistae (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918; Gussonea exilis (Lindl.) Ridl. 1885; Mystacidium exile (Lindl.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Rhaphidorhynchus chiloschistae (Rchb.f.) Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1936/1981 as Gussonea exilis; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing hmm/photo ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide