African Plant Database


Microcoelia corallina Summerh.
Family : ORCHIDACEAE
Protologue : Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harvard Univ. 11: 250 (1945)
Information on the genus : Microcoelia
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Small epiphytic plant; stem 0,4-1 cm long; roots numerous, unbranched, fairly short, radiating from the centre and forming a conical mound; inflorescences 1-2,5 cm long, erect, 1-3 borne simultaneously, sparsely glandular, each with up to 15 flowers in dense cluster; peduncle indistinct; bracts c. 1 mm long; flowers c. 6 mm Ø, white with salmon red midline on sepals and petals and a red basal patch on lip; pedicel 2-4 mm long, ovary c. 2 mm with ± keeled valves; dorsal sepal elliptic, 2,5x1 mm; laterals asymmetric, c. 3x1,5 mm, apiculate; petals elliptic-oblong, 2-4x1-2 mm; lip ± round, 2,5-5x2,5-4 mm with an elongated thickening on each side of spur mouth; spur 3-6 mm long, parallel to ovary, slender at base, then tapering to an inflated apex.
Ecology : Dry hot (mixed deciduous) woodland, usually near a river; usually on smooth-barked trees (avoided by most orchids) on isolated hills, on e.g., baobab, Sterculia (la Croix in Bot. Mag. 18: 157, 2001); 200-670 m alt.
  A spectacular plant, “one of the most colourful species in the genus. Does well in cultivation.
  Also in Kenya ? Searched for in Zimbabwe

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 431
 
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
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