Microchilus preslii Ormerod 2002 Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Presle's Microchilus

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 550 to 650 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying spirally arranged, mottled light on dark green, ovate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, terminal, elongate, 5" [12.5 cm] overall, rachis, 1.6" [4 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence.

I have no real way to reference this but it seems to me that the major difference between this species and Microchilus major is that this one is much less hairy to almost glabrous.

Synonyms Erythrodes preslii Garay ex Dodson & P.M.Dodson 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 102 Dodson 1980 as Erythrodes preslei drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 659 Bennett & Christenson 2001 as Erythrodes preslii not = Microchilus major ;