Brachycorythis pleistophylla Rchb. f.
subsp. pleistophylla

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Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Westaway

Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Westaway

Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Westaway

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis briartiana Kraenzl.
Brachycorythis macclouniei Braid
Brachycorythis perrieri Schltr.
Brachycorythis pulchra Schltr.
Platanthera pleistophylla (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Terrestrial herb, 60 to 100 cm. Stems leafy with leaves often overlapping, lanceolate, tapering to a long, fine point. Inflorescence fairly densely many-flowered, up to 30 cm long, bracts long and leaf-like. Flowers mauve to purple, yellow in the throat; lip pointing forwards, epichile folded lengthwise.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: pleistophylla: with many leaves
Habitat: In grassland and at the edges of woodland, particularly on granite.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Nigeria to Ethiopia and southwards to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Literature:

Ball, J.S. (2009). Terrestrial African Orchids, A Selected Review Pages 18 - 19. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 216 - 217. (Includes a picture).

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 54.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 53. as Brachycorythis pleistophylla

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 78.

Johnson, S., Bytebier, B, & Stärker H. (2015). Orchids of South Africa, a Field Guide Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 72. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 21 - 22.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 31 - 32. (Includes a picture).

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Page 85. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 94.

McMurtry, D., Grobler,L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 117.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 389.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 97. as Brachycorythis pleistophylla (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 131.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1968). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 22.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116330, retrieved 25 May 2016

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