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Microcoelia gilpinae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by GaryYG, May 4, 2020.

  1. GaryYG

    GaryYG Active Member

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    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.

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    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.

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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the wonderful images. I grow it and think I need to change a few things.
     
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  3. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    That's a great find. I bet it was exciting to see that in situ!
     
  4. DanielHerrera

    DanielHerrera New Member

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    Amazing species! I wonder where I can get one?
     
  5. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing these pictures and the description on its environment.
     
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    spiro K. Active Member

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    wow! I didnt expect anything like that in Madagascar!