Microcoelia gilpinae (Rchb. f. & S. Moore) Summerh. 1943

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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, summer and fall 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; Epidorkis 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 1939/81 as Gussonea gilpinae drawing good; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Gussonea gilpinae var minor; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Gussonea melinantha; 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 fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du PUy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #3 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #1 2016 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #1 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;