African Plant Database

Brownleea parviflora Harv. ex Lindl.
Protologue : J. Bot. (Hooker) 1: 16 (1839); London J. Bot. 1: 16 (1842)
Information on the genus : Brownleea
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Disa coerulea (Harv. ex Lindl.) Rchb. f. (1881)
 Disa parviflora (Harv. ex Lindl.) Rchb. f. (1881)
 Brownleea coerulea Harv. ex Lindl. (1842)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Brownleea transvaalensis Schltr. (1924)
=Brownleea gracilis Schltr. (1915)
=Brownleea madagascarica Ridl. (1885)
=Brownleea nelsonii Rolfe (1913)
=Brownleea woodii Rolfe (1913)
=Disa alpina Hook. f. (1864)
=Brownleea alpina (Hook. f.) N.E. Br. (1898)
=Disa apetala Kraenzl. (1895)
=Brownleea apetala (Kraenzl.) N.E. Br. (1898)
=Disa preussii Kraenzl. (1893)
=Brownleea perrieri Schltr. (1924)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 20-60 cm tall; tubers ellipsoid, 1-3 cm long, 0,6-2,5 cm Ø, glabrous or villous; cauline leaves 2-3(-5), narrowly lanceolate, 7-22x1-2 cm, veins prominent; inflorescence cylindrical, 3-16 cm long, 1,5-2,5 cm Ø, densely many(-60)-flowered; flowers white to pale lilac or purple, sometimes purple-spotted; sepals oblong-lanceolate, 3-5x1,5-3 mm; petals erect, obliquely triangular-quadrate, 2-4x2 mm; lip erect, linear, 1x0,3 mm; spur cylindrical, 3-7 mm long, sharply decurved below middle.
Ecology : Woodland; grassland, especially in damp places; (650-)1200-2750 m alt.
  Extremely variable in: general robustness, width of leaves, density of flowers, shape of sepals and spur.
  S. Africa, Swaziland; C Madagascar (Cribb & al. in Candollea 66: 416, 2011).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.2 - 0.6 m. Alt: ? - 3000 m. Distribution: LES, EC, KN, LP, MP, SWZ
Biol./Eco : Herb; Subhumid; Grassland, Inselberg/Rock Face; 1000-1499 m, 1500-1999 m, 2000-2499 m; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 293 (1999).

Bibliography other :
  • London J. Bot. 1: 16 (1842).
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carte afrique num 45706
Record n°45706
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