Microcoelia ornithocephala P.J.Cribb, Kew Bull. 40: 407 (1985).
Roots flattened, slightly keeled on top, clinging close to the bark of the host tree, 30-40 cm x 2-4 mm, unbranched, gray-green with white, longitudinal flecks. Inflorescences several, 3-7 cm long, to 20-flowered. Pedicel and ovary 6 cm long; bracts 1 mm long, black, sheathing. Sepals and petals pinkish-beige, tip white. Dorsal sepal 5 x 4 mm, ovate, convex; laterals spreading, slightly narrower. Petals spreading, 4 x 1.5 mm, oblong. Lip 6 x 3 mm, obovate, acute, with the apex slightly reflexed, and with two green tubercles at the mouth of the spur; spur 6 mm long, tapering from a wide mouth, then swollen again at the apex, C-shaped. Column 1.5 mm long, anther cap orange, beaked. Capsule to 24 x 2 mm, banana-shaped.
Dry deciduous forest and thicket, 600 m.
As given for the genus.
This very distinctive species seems to be rare in the wild.
S. Malawi
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 03.03-2017;
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