Microcoelia koehleri (Schltr.) Summerh 1943 Photo by © W Bachmann and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Plant and Flowers Photo by Bob Campbell ©
Common Name Koehler's Microcoelia [Original Collector of Species 1900's]
Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]
Found in Nigeria, Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi in riverine and evergreen forests and on lake shores at elevations of 1000 to 1250 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with numerous, terete to slighly flattened, greenish-grey, fairly closely attached roots with acute to acuminate scale leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on several to 7, erect to spreading, to 3" [to 7 cm] long, densely to 20 flowered inflorescence and carrying distinct, distasteful, often nocturnally scented flowers.
Synonyms *Angraecum koehleri Schltr.1906; Gussonea friesii Schltr. 1916; Gussonea koehleri (Schltr.) Schltr.1918 ; Microcoelia friesii (Schltr.) Summerh.1939
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo good; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo hmm; A Monograph of the Genus Microcoelia [Orchidaceae] Jonsson 1981 drawing; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006