Microcoelia stolzii (Schltr.) Summerh.

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Microcoelia stolzii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morningside, Mutare

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Common names:
Status: Native
Leafless epiphytic herb. Roots numerous, mostly unbranched. Inflorescences 2-3, arching or pendent, up to 12 cm long, densely many-flowered. Flowers 4-5 mm across, white with a yellow anther cap in the centre.
Notes: This species is similar to Microcoelia exilis. It can be distinguished by the slightly larger flowers and the mostly unbranched roots, which give the plant a more tidy appearence.
Derivation of specific name: stolzii: after Adolf Ferdinand Stolz (1871-1917), German missionary, merchant and plant collector in Angola and Malawi, particularly of orchids.
Habitat: Mostly at the edges of riverine or evergreen forest (specimen in the photo was found in suburban Mutare).
Altitude range: (metres) 1150 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 329. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 27.

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 429 - 430. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 86. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 282. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 17.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 97.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 55 - 56. (Includes a picture).

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 183 - 184. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Microcoelia stolzii
African Plant Database: Microcoelia stolzii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Microcoelia stolzii
Plants of the World Online: Microcoelia stolzii
Tropicos: Microcoelia stolzii
Wikipedia: Microcoelia stolzii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Microcoelia stolzii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118900, retrieved 30 May 2024

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