Microcoelia aphylla (Thouars) Summerh.

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Microcoelia aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

Microcoelia aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

Microcoelia aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

Microcoelia aphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza.

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Aerobion aphyllum (Thouars) Spreng.
Angraecum aphyllum Thouars
Angraecum defoliatum Schltr.
Epidorkis aphylla (Thouars) Kuntze
Gastrochilus aphyllus (Thouars) Kuntze
Gussonea aphylla (Thouars) A.Rich.
Gussonea defoliata (Schltr.) Schltr.
Mystacidium aphyllum (Thouars) Cordem.
Rhaphidorhynchus aphyllus (Thouars) Finet
Saccolabium aphyllum (Thouars) Lindl.
Solenangis aphylla (Thouars) Summerh.
Solenangis defoliata (Schltr.) R.Rice
Common names:
Status: Native
Scandent or sometimes pendent leafless, epiphytic herb. Stems up to 90 cm long with numerous spreading, pale grey roots up yo 45 cm long. Inflorescences arising along the stem, 1-1.5 cm long, several-flowered. Flowers white with sepals tipped reddish-pink. Lip 2.5-3 mm long, obscurely 3-lobed. Spur 4-5.5 mm long, sharply incurved, somewhat swollen at the apex.
Derivation of specific name: aphylla: without leaves
Habitat: In low-altitude evergreen and riverine forest or coastal forest.
Altitude range: 0 - 300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mascarene Islands.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 September 2015

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 52.

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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 442 - 444. (Includes a picture).

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 98.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 78. (Includes a picture).

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Microcoelia aphylla.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118950, retrieved 3 March 2024

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