Mystacidium pusillum Harv. 1863

Inflorescence and Plant Photos by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade Cool ColdWinter

Common Name The Small Flowered Mystacidium

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal states of South Africa in temperate and subtropical forests at elevations of 900 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with short stems carrying 1 to 5, elliptic to oblanceolate, unequally bilobed apically, rounded leaves that blooms in the winter on several, pendant, .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute bracts.

Synonyms Aeranthes pusilla (Harv.) Rchb.f. 1867

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1986 as Aeranthes pusilla; African Orchids In the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006