Microcoelia hirschbergii Summerh.

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Microcoelia hirschbergii

Picture: Robin Pope
Chifwema Road, Lusaka

Microcoelia hirschbergii

Picture: Robin Pope
Chifwema Road, Lusaka

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Status: Native
Roots many, crowded, smooth, mostly unbranched, terete or slightly flattened, spreading radially. Inflorescences several, erect. Flowers distinctly pedicellate, borne in a dense head. Floral bracts not sheathing. Flowers white, the lip brownish at the base; column brown at the base and green in front. Spur straight, inflated towards the apex.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: hirschbergii: after C.W. Von Hirschberg, 1924-?, who collected the type specimen of this species.
Habitat: In miombo, dambo margins and riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: 750 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,C,Lk
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 29 September 2021

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 432.

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 183 - 184. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Microcoelia hirschbergii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Microcoelia hirschbergii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Microcoelia hirschbergii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Microcoelia hirschbergii
JSTOR Plant Science: Microcoelia hirschbergii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Microcoelia hirschbergii
Plants of the World Online: Microcoelia hirschbergii
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Wikipedia: Microcoelia hirschbergii

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Microcoelia hirschbergii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209930, retrieved 11 December 2023

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