Platycoryne mediocris Summerh.

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Platycoryne mediocris

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Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, 20 - 50 cm tall. Leaves 6-10, spaced along the stem, lowermost sheath-like, others spreading, narrowly lanceolate, up to 6 × 1 cm; upper leaves bract-like. Inflorescence compact 2-7 flowers, orange including the ovaries. Dorsal sepal erect, 7-11 mm long, convex, forming a hood with the petals. Lip 3-lobed with 2 small tooth-like lobes near the base. entire, deflexed, 6.5-10 mm long. Spur 9-17 mm, swollen near the apex, usually tucked into the bract.
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Habitat: In poorly drained grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 June 2010

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 104. (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 138.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Platycoryne mediocris
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West African Plants database: Platycoryne mediocris

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: Platycoryne mediocris., retrieved 30 June 2016

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