Platycoryne affinis Summerh.
var. affinis

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Platycoryne affinis var. affinis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

Platycoryne affinis var. affinis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

Platycoryne affinis var. affinis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

Platycoryne affinis var. affinis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

Platycoryne affinis var. affinis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

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Common names:
Frequency: Uncommon
Status: Native
Description:
Slender terrestrial herb 20–40 cm tall, growing from ellipsoid, pubescent tubers. Leaves 3–5, spaced along the stem, linear-lanceolate, largest up to 5 cm long. Inflorescence fairly laxly 2–4-flowered. Flowers yellow or yellow-green, more or less erect. Dorsal sepal erect, broadly ovate, 5–6 mm long, convex; lateral sepals deflexed, obliquely lanceolate, 5–6.5 mm long. Petals obliquely triangular or oblong-lanceolate, 4–5.5 mm long, not adnate to dorsal sepal but attached to column at base. Lip ovate or elliptic-ovate, 3.7–4.7 mm long, fleshy, entire but sometimes with obscure lobes at base; spur 15–25 mm long, slightly swollen at apex.
Notes: This species is similar to Platycoryne protearum but can be distinguished from it by the usually smaller flowers with free petals, and by the broader lip sometimes with obscure lobes.
Flowers are quite often deformed in this species.
Derivation of specific name: affinis: related to or allied to
Habitat: Wet vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) 1360 - 1475 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 24 February 2021
Literature:

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29. As Platycoryne affinis

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 69. As Platycoryne affinis

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 167.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84. As Platycoryne affinis

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 152. As Platycoryne affinis

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 129.

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 97.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXV Kew Bulletin 13(1) Pages 61 - 62. Probably as Platycoryne affinis


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Platycoryne affinis
African Plant Database: Platycoryne affinis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Platycoryne affinis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Platycoryne affinis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Platycoryne affinis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Platycoryne affinis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Platycoryne affinis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Platycoryne affinis
iNaturalist: Platycoryne affinis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Platycoryne affinis
JSTOR Plant Science: Platycoryne affinis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Platycoryne affinis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Platycoryne affinis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Platycoryne affinis
Plants of the World Online: Platycoryne affinis
Tropicos: Platycoryne affinis
Wikipedia: Platycoryne affinis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Platycoryne affinis var. affinis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117220, retrieved 23 September 2021

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