Microcoelia ornithocephala P.J.Cribb 1985

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Isabel La Croix and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shadeHotWarm LATE Spring

Common Name The Bird's Head Microcoelia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southern Malawi in dry deciduous forests at elevations of 480 to 600 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short stem giving rise to green with white pneumophores, flattened with a slight ridge on top, tightly clinging roots that blooms in the late spring on 1 to 4, 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long, zigzag, 5 to 17 flowered inflorescence with blackish bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide/photo good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae part 2 Pope 1998 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide;