Microcoelia physophora (Rchb.f.) Summerh. 1943

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Plant and Flowers

Photos by Gilles Grunenwald

Part shadeHot Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Inflated Microcoelia

Flower Size .25" [8mm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar in coastal bushlands and woodlands at elevations of sealevel to 500 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a shorter stem carrying a few to many, radially spreading, attached to the substrate, mostly unbranched, flattened to rounded triangular, irregularily undulating roots that blooms in the fall and early winter on 6 to 15, simultaneously, erect-spreading, densely to 15 flowered inflorescence with distinctly sheathing, acute to subacute, single nerved bracts.

Synonyms Angorchis physophora (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Angraecum physophorum Rchb.f. 1881; Epidorkis physophora (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Gussonea physophora (Rchb.f.) Ridl. 1885; Mystacidium physophorum (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Angraecum physophorum; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Gussonea physophora; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing/photo; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing hmm/photo ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide