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Just to the left of this taeniophyllum sp. is an even smaller leafed plant, i think its an orchid but does anyone have any idea what? I took this photo a few years ago and only just noticed the tiny leafed plant to the left. It reminds me of a recently discovered schoenorchis species from vietnam but this is way smaller...

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Maybe this leafless orchid actually has leaves?

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Hi,

I had a look and there is some post from people from Tahiti posting similar orchid pictures, and it's supposed to be a leafless plant with flowers. This one can be either Taeniophyllum obtusum or Dendrophylax lindenii, or something totally different!



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Hi Rob,

This is from asia, the closest ive got is Tanifolium glandulosa, but whats intriguing is none of this group of plants has leaves (or very few vestigial leaves). This plant appears to have well developed, although tiny, 1-2mm diameter, stems with leaves.


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Apparently it's an epiphytic liverwort! Just happens to be growing very close to the Taenifolia!


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The photo, I am not able to distinguish clear enough to say, but I have seen these two in situ in China.

Taeniophyllum glandulosum Bl.
leafless at least when in flowering in China flowering is from April to July.

Taeniophyllum obtusum Bl.
leafless at least when in flowering in China flowering is March.

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Thanks, pretty sure its glandulosum, it was the liverwort which was confusing me. This one was flowering in march in Thailand so was probably a bit earlier than further north.

This has to be the smallest orchid i've ever seen wild, basically one root and a flower on most of them.


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