Microcoelia corallina Summerh.

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
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.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 431 - 432.

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).

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Pages 51 - 52. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Microcoelia corallina
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Microcoelia corallina
African Plant Database: Microcoelia corallina
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Microcoelia corallina
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Microcoelia corallina
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Microcoelia corallina
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Microcoelia corallina
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Microcoelia corallina
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Microcoelia corallina
JSTOR Plant Science: Microcoelia corallina
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Microcoelia corallina
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Microcoelia corallina
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Microcoelia corallina
Plants of the World Online: Microcoelia corallina
Tropicos: Microcoelia corallina
Wikipedia: Microcoelia corallina

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Microcoelia corallina.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=162320, retrieved 20 October 2020

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