Microcoelia globulosa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) L. Jonsson 1981 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Carl Withner

FragrancePart shade WarmCoolCULTIVATIONWinter To EARLY Spring

Common Name The Small Sphere Microcoelia

Flower Size 1/8"" [4.5 mm]

Found from Nigeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Rwanda, Zaire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in open woodlands and riverine woodlands on twigs and small branches at elevations of 500 to 1950 meters as a medium sized, leafless, monopodial, warm to cool growing epiphyte that is best grown mounted on wood with a very short, leafless stem and grey roots when dry that become greenish when moist and blooms on 3 to 5, erect to descending, stiff, slightly fractiflex, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with many [15 to 20], upwards facing, honey scented, simultaneously opening flowers occuring in the fall in nature and winter and early spring in cultivation.

Synonyms Aeranthes guyoniana (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1865; Angraecum globulosum Hochst. ex A. Rich. 1850; Angraecum guyonianum Rchb. f. 1849; Epidorchis guoyaniana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Gussonea globulosa Ridl. 1885; Microcoelia guyoniana (Rchb. f.) Summerh. 1943; Mystacidium globulosum (Hochst.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Mystacidium radicosum T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Saccolabium radicosum A.Rich. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo AS M guyoniana photo good; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as M guyoniana drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 photo as M guyoniana; *A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 as M guyoniana photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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