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. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 150 - 151.

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 25 October 2016

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