Microcoelia megalorrhiza (Rchb.f.) Summerh. 1943 Photo by Bob Campbell and the Orchids of Kenya ,

Part Sun Hot Winter

Common Name The Gigantic Rhizome Microcoelia

Flower Size 5/8" [1.6cm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi in dry woodlands and near the coast at elevations of sea level to 500 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte with long grey brown, verrucose roots radiating from a short stem and blooms in the winter on to 10, simultaneous, erect to pendulous, 3/4 to 4" [2 to 10 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence with acute sheathing bracts

Synonyms Angorchis megalorrhiza (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Angraecum megalorrhizum Rchb.f. 1881; Epidorchis megalorrhiza (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Gussonea megalorrhiza (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Angraecum megalorrhizum; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 7 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006

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