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; Epidorkis 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; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Malawi Orchids Vol 1 La Croix 1983; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo ok; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 7 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide;