For a portion of the year, these monopodial epiphytes consist of a massive root system emanating from a small, compact stem and nothing else. Though “leafless” they do occasionally sport a tiny leaf. By flowering age, leaves are typically gone. The “tangle” of roots produces arching flower spikes covered with fragrant (like chocolate) flowers. Chiloschistas are perhaps the hardiest and most free blooming leafless orchid there are. Chiloschista viridiflava is endemic to India, Burma and Thailand.
The mounted blooming-sized plant shown in Brenda’s hand is representative of what you’ll receive.