Microcoelia

Microcoelia

Microceolia is a genus consisting of 31 species endemic to Africa. All species are monopodial and leafless with an extensive branching root system with long roots resembling an untidy birds nest. The roots grow into open clumps that allow a maximum amount of light to reach all of the roots. The roots contain the chlorophyll that aids in photosynthesis. Plants have a stem from which very small, green or white tinged flowers are borne on a flowering stem.

  • Microcoelia exilis by Lourens Grobler

Credit

Johnson, S.D., Bytebier, B., Stärker, H. (2010). Orchids of South Africa: A field guide. Struik Nature, Cape Town, South Africa.

Microcoelia aphylla

  • Microcoelia aphylla by Hendrelien Peters

Description

Slender leafless epiphyte, with stems up to 400 mm long and only 2 mm in diameter, climbing with hook-like roots. Inflorescences lateral, many all along the stem. 8-16 flowers are white, with contrasting, rust-red sepal tips.  Column also rust coloured. Spur short and generally curled. 

 

Microcoelia exilis

  • Microcoelia exilis by Lourens Grobler

Description

Slender, leafless epiphyte, with stems up to 40 mm long and 3 mm in diameter. Roots numerous, branching and twisted, not attached tightly to the host. Inflorescences lateral, several and up to 150 mm long with about 50 flowers. Flowers are white, 1.5 mm in diameter. Sepals and petals  similar.    

 

Microcoelia obovata

 

Description

Slender leafless epiphyte with stems up to 30 mm long. Roots are usually well attached to the host. Inflorescences lateral, up to 10 simultaneously up to 90 mm long. Flowers up to 10, white with a yellow brown column and anther cap. Petals and sepals similar and egg shaped. 

 

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