Microcoelia exilis Lindl.

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Microcoelia exilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr Mia Falls turn off, Burma Valley

Microcoelia exilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr Mia Falls turn off, Burma Valley

Microcoelia exilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani.

Microcoelia exilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
By road to Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Microcoelia exilis

Picture: Bart Wursten
By road to Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Angraecum chiloschistae Rchb.f.
Gussonea exilis (Lindl.) Ridl.
Mystacidium exilis (Lindl.) T. Durand & Schinz
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Leafless epiphytic herb. Inflorescences 2-5 per plant, growing from below the new roots, arching or pendent. Flowers minute, 1-2 mm, white with a brownish anther cap in the centre. The spherical spur is 1 mm in diameter.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: exilis: weak, slender.
Habitat: Usually forming a tangled mass of branched roots on the smaller branches of trees in riverine forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,S
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Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 118 - 119. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

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

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 427 - 428. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 84 - 85. (Includes a picture).

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

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 16.

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. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Pages 88 - 89.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 122.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 27.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 52. (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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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Microcoelia exilis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118870, retrieved 28 October 2021

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