Microcoelia exilis Lindl.

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Microcoelia exilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Mia Falls turn off, Burma Valley

Microcoelia exilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Mia Falls turn off, Burma Valley

Microcoelia exilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani.

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Synonyms: Angraecum chiloschistae Rchb.f.
Gussonea exilis (Lindl.) Ridl.
Mystacidium exilis (Lindl.) T. Durand & Schinz
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Leafless epiphytic herb. Inflorescences 2-5 per plant, growing from below the new roots, arching or pendent. Flowers minute, 1-2 mm, white with a brownish anther cap in the centre. The spherical spur is 1 mm in diameter.
Notes: See Microcoelia stolzii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: exilis: weak, slender.
Habitat: Usually forming a tangled mass of branched roots on the smaller branches of trees in riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 427 - 428. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 84 - 85. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 279.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Microcoelia exilis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118870, retrieved 22 October 2016

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