Chiloschista pusilla [Willd.] Schlechter 1919 Photo by Seidenfaden


Flower Closeup Photos by Pfahl


Common Name The Small Flowered Chiloschista

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

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. The first photo was proposed by Seidenfaden in 1988 [he states "I had no materiel and the placing of this photo here is no more than a guess"]. The Other photos are my own. 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. Most likely this species does not exist as a Chiloschista and therefore the photos are of other species.

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 ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing not = C fasciata; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing ok; Opera Botanica # 95 Seidenfaden 1988 drawing?/photofide; 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;