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Description: Leafless epiphytic herb with fairly short radiating roots forming a conical mound. Inflorescences several, short, dense, up to 15-flowered. Pedicels of lower flowers usually longer than those of upper ones. Flowers large for the genus, up to 12 mm, white with a salmon-pink central line; ovary and column coral red. Lip suborbicular; spur 66 mm, tapering.
Notes: Recently (D.C. Plowes ?) a specimen was found and photographed in the Burma Valley. This is a first record for this species in Zimbabwe. The area is unfortunately under great pressure from land resettlement and the species should be listed as Critically Endangered
Derivation of specific name:
Altitude range: (metres)
500 m (approx)
Flowering time: Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mainly known from Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi with a sight record from the Chicamba Dam in Mozambique, close to the Zimbabwe border.
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 83. (Includes a picture).
La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 278. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Other sources of information about Microcoelia corallina: Our websites: Flora of Malawi
Microcoelia corallina Flora of Mozambique
Microcoelia corallina External websites: African Plant Database
Microcoelia corallina Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Microcoelia corallina EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Microcoelia corallina ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Microcoelia corallina Flora Zambesiaca
Microcoelia corallina Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Microcoelia corallina IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Microcoelia corallina Ispot Southern Africa
Microcoelia corallina JSTOR Plant Science
Microcoelia corallina Kew Herbarium catalogue
Microcoelia corallina Kew Monocotyledon checklist
Microcoelia corallina Tropicos
Microcoelia corallina West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Microcoelia corallina.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=162320, retrieved 25 September 2016
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