Microcoelia koehleri (Schltr.) Summerh 1943

Photo by W Bachmann and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Bob Campbell

Fragrance Part Sun Cool Spring Fall

Common Name Koehler's Microcoelia [Original Collector of Species 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi in riverine and evergreen forests and on lake shores at elevations of 1000 to 1250 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with numerous, terete to slighly flattened, greenish-grey, fairly closely attached roots with acute to acuminate scale leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on several to 7, erect to spreading, to 3" [to 7 cm] long, densely to 20 flowered inflorescence and carrying distinct, distasteful, often nocturnally scented flowers.

Synonyms *Angraecum koehleri Schltr.1906; Gussonea friesii Schltr. 1916; Gussonea koehleri (Schltr.) Schltr.1918 ; Microcoelia friesii (Schltr.) Summerh.1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo good; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo hmm; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing 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;