African Plant Database

Brachycorythis kalbreyeri Rchb. f.
Information on the genus : Brachycorythis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Brachycorythis kalbreyeri var. glandulosa Braid
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic or lithophytic herb, slender, 15-40 cm tall; tubers 5 cm long, 1-5 cm Ø, woolly; stem glabrous, sometimes hairy (var. glandulosa); cauline leaves soft, 6-15, spaced, lanceolate, acute, 4-12x0,8-2,5 cm; inflorescence lax, 2-25-flowered, 5-18 cm long, 3-5 cm Ø; bracts leafy, to 4 cm long; flowers to 5 cm Ø, pink, mauve, rarely whitish, with a yellow base of lip, lasting 3-4 weeks, emitting a heavy scent; sepals elliptic-ovate, 10-15x5-8 mm; petals ovate, rounded, 10-15x5-11 mm; lip 15-30 mm long, 13-24 mm wide, base not spurred, apex 3-lobed, mid-lobe triangular and curved upwards and much smaller than the broadly incurved side lobes.
Ecology : Rain-forest; riverine forest; high up on forest trees; on mossy tree trunks and branches and on rotten logs and fallen branches on the forest floor; on tree among ferns and in deep moss; among lava rocks; (120-)1600x2350 m alt.
  In growth resembling several Indian species, but in floral structure similar to that of B. ovata. “One of the most beautiful members of the genus, and unique in its epiphytic habit” (Summerhayes, Kew Bull. 10: 259, 1955).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 23
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carte afrique num 44208
Record n°44208
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