Microcoelia globulosa (Hochst.) L. Jonss.

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Microcoelia globulosa

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Microcoelia globulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Gussonea globulosa Ridl.
Microcoelia guyoniana (Rchb. f.) Summerh.
Common names:
Status: Native
Leafless epiphytic herb. The silvery-grey roots radiate from a small stem and are nearly always unranked. Inflorescences several per plant, erect or spreading, mostly laxly 5-15-flowered. Flowers small, white with a apricot spur up to 3.5 mm.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest and Brachystegia woodland, preferring drier habitats than M. stolzii.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 120 - 121. As Microcoelia guyoniana (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.

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. As Microcoelia cf. Globulosa

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84. As Microcoelia guyoniana

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 - 431.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 84.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 279. (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 97.

Morris, B. (1967). The epiphytic orchids of Soche Mountain. Historic and Scientific Society of Malawi Journal 20(2) Page 34. As Microcoelia guyoniana

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 89.

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

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 182 - 184. As Microcoelia guyoniana (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Microcoelia globulosa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118880, retrieved 22 March 2023

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