Brachycorythis velutina Schltr.

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis hispidula sensu Eyles in Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Afr.: 334 (1916)
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Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 25–70 cm tall. Leaves numerous, overlapping, lanceolate or ovate, up to 5 cm long in the middle of the stem, densely pubescent. Inflorescence 8–13 cm long, densely many-flowered; bracts leaf-like, up to 25 mm long, densely pubescent. Flowers cream-coloured or greenish-brown, lip yellow. Dorsal sepal elliptic 5–6.5 mm long, pubescent outside; lateral sepals obliquely ovate. Petals oblong, 4.5–5 mm long, hairless. Lip with a basal part 2–2.5 mm long and deep, cup-shaped; apical part projecting forwards horizontally, obovate, 4.5–6 mm long, 3-lobed towards the apex, the mid-lobe longer than the side lobes.
Derivation of specific name: velutina: velvety
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 54.

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 25.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 33.

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.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1955). A revision of the genus Brachycorythis Kew Bulletin 10 Page 263.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Brachycorythis velutina., retrieved 1 March 2024

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