Microcoelia gilpinae (Rchb. f. & S. Moore) Summerh. 1943 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Plant and Flowers

Another Photo Photos courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Part sunHotCoolSpringSummer

Common Name Gilpin's Microcoelia [British Missionary in Madagascar 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.1 to 1.3 cm]

Found in eastern Madagascar in mossy rainforests on twigs and small branches at elevations of 100 to 1800 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with no, to a very short stem carrying few to many, slender, very long, usually twisted, distally branching roots and blooming in the spring and summer on up to 4, simultaneous, basal, terete, .6 to 1.36" [1.5 to 3.4 cm] long, very densely 10 to 12 flowered inflorescence with single nerved, acute, sheathing bracts and carrying non-scented flowers.

Synonyms *Angraecum gilpinae Rchb. f. & S. Moore 1878; Epidorchis gilpinae (Rchb.f. & S.Moore) Kuntze 1891; Gussonea gilpinae Ridl. 1885; Gussonea melinantha Schltr. 1925; Microcoelia melinantha (Schltr.) Summerh. 1943; Mystacidium gilpinae (Rchb.f. & S.Moore) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Rhaphidorhynchus gilpinae (Rchb.f. & S.Moore) Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981 as Gussonea gilpinae; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide