Microcoelia caespitosa (Rolfe) Summerh. 1936

Plant and Inflorescence in situ Cameroon

Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

FragrancePart shadeHotwarmSpringFall

Common Name or Meaning The Caespitose Microcoelia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Zaire and Uganda at elevations of 50 to 1000 meters in rainforests on understory branches often near watercourses, as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a long branching, loosely attached, pendulous roots attached to a short, stout, central stem that blooms in the spring through fall on up to 15, erect to spreading, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, to 22 flowered inflorescence with subacute to acute, 3 to 5 nerved sheathing bracts carrying faintly scented flowers.

Synonyms Angraecum andersonii Rolfe 1912; Angraecum bieleri De Wild. 1916; *Angraecum caespitosum Rolfe 1897; Angraecum crinale De Wild. 1904; Angraecum micropetalum Schltr. 1905; Gussonea bieleri (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Gussonea caespitosa (Rolfe) Schltr.1918; Gussonea crinalis (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Gussonea micropetala (Schltr.) Schltr.1914; Microcoelia bieleri (De Wild.) Summerh. 1943; Microcoelia micropetala (Schltr.) Summerh. 1943;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Gussonea micropetala; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Angreacoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;