Microcoelia gilpinae is one of the leafless twig epiphytes that is endemic to Madagascar. It is found in dense humid evergreen forest that still remain throughout many parts of the eastern side of the country. I photographed this plant in Andasibe Mantadia National Park on the Orchid Conservation Alliance tour in September 2019. Plants grow in quite shady habitats that are cool and moist. The roots perform the photosynthetic process which is usually done by leafy plants. Plants are found up to 1,800 m elevation and blooming occurs throughout the year. Being a twig epiphyte, notice how the roots are not really attached to the branch.