Chiloschista fasciata (F.Muell.) Seidenf. & Ormerod 1995Photo by Imaduwa Priyadarshana

Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg

Part Shade Hot Warm LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Bundle Carrying Chiloschista

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in submontane and tropical wet, evergreen forests at elevations of 300 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte almost without a stem and leafless when blooming with many veriform, compressed, long, stout roots with 1 to 3, only when fruiting, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, acute, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, peduncle .4 to .88" [1 to 2.2 cm] long, reddish, pubescent, decurved to spiciform, rachis zig-zag, pubescent, with 2 to 3 tubular, sterile bracts, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long overall, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate, membraneous, acute, single veined, pubescent floral bracts and carrying greenish yellow flowers.

The Drawing above says it represents C pusila but that species is not found in Sri Lanka where the drawing was made, so C fasciata is the absolutely correct name for this drawing!

Synonyms Chiloschista minimifolia (Hook.f.) N.P.Balakr 1970; *Sarcochilus fasciatus F.Muell. 1866; Sarcochilus minimifolius Hook.f. 1890; Thrixspermum minimifolium (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as C pusilla not drawing fide; Opera Botanica #95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing as Chiloschista pusilla