African Plant Database

Brachycorythis tenuior Rchb. f.
Protologue : Flora 48: 183 (1865)
Information on the genus : Brachycorythis
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. (1897)
=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).
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Record n°44193 modified 2007-04-05
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