Microcoelia corallina Summerh. 1945

Flower Closeup

Photos by Alan Gregg and Swansea Botanical Complex

Part shadeHot Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Coral-Like Microcoelia [refers to the coral colored lip and column]

Flower Size .15" [4 mm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique in dry, hot woodlands on smooth-barked trees at elevations of 200 to 500 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a mass of silver grey roots radiating from a short stem and blooms in the spring on several [3 to 6], 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, to 15 flowered inflorescence with acute, to acuminate, single nerved sheathing bracts only at the base which is unique to this species within the genus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart Campbell 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide;