Oeceoclades gracillima (Schltr.) Garay & P.Taylor 1976

Photos by Christian Gegenbauer



Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by Brian O'Brien

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Common Name The Most Delicate Oeceoclades

Flower Size

Found in northern and western Madagascar among calcareous rocks in mossy cracks in as a small sized, cool to warm growing terrestrial with clustered, ovoid, brownish-violet psedobulbs carrying 2, apical, prostrate, ovate to elliptic-ovate, acuminate, margins undulate, dark purplish black, motttled with pale rose leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, racemose to sparsely branched, to 22" [55 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with triangular, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Eulophia gracillima Schltr.1913; *Eulophidium gracillimum Schltr. 1925; Eulophidium roseovariegatum Senghas 1966; Lissochilus gracillimus (Schltr.) H.Perrier 1941; Oeceoclades roseovariegata (Senghas) Garay & P.Taylor, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 24: 270 (1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Lissochilus gracillimus; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991 plant as O roseovariegatum photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 as O roseovariegatum; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 5 2009 as O roseovariegatum photo; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #11 2010 photo fide; Of Men and Orchids Part 1 Jenny 2015 photo fide;Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide;