African Plant Database

Platycoryne Rchb. f.
Protologue : Bonplandia 3: 212 (1855) 
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herbs, immediately recognized by their yellow or bright orange flowers which are set close together at apex of the slender stem (in short dense heads). Plants with fleshy tubers and leafy unbranched stem, leaves cauline. They often form colonies Flowers resupinate, with free sepals, the dorsal sepal large, broad, forming a hood with the petals; these entire, smaller than sepals; lip small, slender; the name of the genus is derived from Greek “platys” (= wide), and “koryne” (= club), referring to “the shape of the stigmatic processes that are quite distinctive, decurved and thick with rounded, knob-like apices” (Stewart & Campbell, Orchids Kenya: 150, 1996)..
Ecology : Genus of ? 19 species (World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Orchidaceae, Roy. Bot. Gard., Kew) in tropical Africa and Madagascar (map in Pridgeon & al., Gen. orchid. 2: 352, 2001). Most species occur in Zambia.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 149 (1995).
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 4: 648 (1997).
  • Lebrun J.P. & A.L. Stork (2017). Orchidaceae (2) Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 10 (orch.2): 166
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Record n°193799 modified 2008-12-27
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