Microcoelia physophora (Rchb.f.) Summerh. 1943 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part shadeHot Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Inflated Microcoelia

Flower Size .25" [8mm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar in coastal bushlands and woodlands at elevations of sealevel to 500 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a shorter stem carrying a few to many, radially spreading, attached to the substrate, mostly unbranched, flattened to rounded triangular, irregularily undulating roots that blooms in the fall and early winter on 6 to 15, simultaneously, erect-spreading, densely to 15 flowered inflorescence with distinctly sheathing, acute to subacute, single nerved bracts.

Synonyms Angorchis physophora (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Angraecum physophorum Rchb.f. 1881; Epidorchis physophora (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Gussonea physophora (Rchb.f.) Ridl. 1885; Mystacidium physophorum (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Angraecum physophorum; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing/photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing hmm/photo ok; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

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