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Brachycorythis tenuior Rchb. f.
Family : ORCHIDACEAE
Protologue : Flora 48: 183 (1865)
Information on the genus : Brachycorythis
 
 
Status
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Diplacorchis tenuior (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
 Platanthera tenuior (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
 Habenaria tenuior (Rchb. f.) N.E. Br. (1885)
 Gyaladenia tenuior (Rchb. f.) Szlach. & al.
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Diplacorchis angolensis Schltr. (1921)
=Brachycorythis crassicornis Kraenzl. (1929)
=Diplacorchis engleriana (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
=Brachycorythis engleriana Kraenzl. (1895)
=Platanthera engleriana (Kraenzl.) Rolfe (1898)
=Gyaladenia engleriana (Kraenzl.) Szlach. (2006)
=Brachycorythis rhomboglossa Kraenzl.
=Diplacorchis rhomboglossa (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
=Gyaladenia rhomboglossa (Kraenzl.) Szlach. (2006)
=Brachycorythis soyauxiana Kraenzl.
=Brachycorythis sibangensis Kraenzl.
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial slender glabrous herb 20-70 cm; stem delicate, leafy; tubers ovoid, 1-3,5 cm long; leaves 12-28, lanceolate, acute, 3-8x0,7-1,5 cm; inflorescence 4,5-16 cm long, densely 8-30-flowered; bracts leaf-like, ovate-lanceolate, to 3 cm long; pedicel and ovary 6-13 mm long; flowers purple or violet, often with darker spots or whitish portions; sepals green-tipped, elliptic-oblong ovate, 5-10x2,3-5 mm; petals oblong, 5-9,5x2,3-3,7 mm; lip 5-10 mm long, 3-7 mm wide, broadest at base, apex narrow and tongue-shaped, 3-lobed near half-way, with a fleshy raised mid-lobe and thin wing-like side lobes; spur 5-10 mm long, curved, obtuse.
Ecology : Grassland; Protea savanna; long-grass woodland; cleared woodland; grassy swamp, marsh, dambo margins, edges of shallow vleis; gallery forest; in damp ground by small stream among tall grass; drier areas in boggy grassland on sandy soil; open grassland on clay soil; ? 300-800-1800 m alt.
  Variable in shape of lip. A widely distributed species with many variations.
  NE-E S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht - 0.25 m. Alt: 600 - 1650 m. Distribution: GA, KN, LP, MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 80-85 (1999).
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Orchidées d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
Map
carte afrique num 44193
 
Record n°44193 modified 2007-04-05
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