Platycoryne buchananiana (Kraenzl.) Rolfe

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Platycoryne buchananiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sun Ray vlei, rd to Domboshawa

Platycoryne buchananiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sun Ray vlei, rd to Domboshawa

Platycoryne buchananiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sun Ray vlei, rd to Domboshawa

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Synonyms: Habenaria buchananiana Kraenzl.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, 20 - 60 cm. Leaves along the stem, up to 5 cm, acting as bracts at the inflorescence. Inflorescence dense with 4 - 16 flowers, orange or yellow including the ovaries. Dorsal sepal erect, less than 9 mm, convex, forming a hood with the petals. Lip entire, hanging down or curved forwards, 5-10 mm. Spur 1-2 cm, pendent, slightly swollen near the apex.
Notes: Very similar to Platycoryne pervillei, which is larger (dorsal sepal more than 9mm) and generally deeper in colour.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa.
Habitat: In poorly drained grassland, vleis and seepage slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1850 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 149 - 150. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 102. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Platycoryne buchananiana
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Platycoryne buchananiana
African Plant Database: Platycoryne buchananiana
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Platycoryne buchananiana
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Platycoryne buchananiana
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JSTOR Plant Science: Platycoryne buchananiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Platycoryne buchananiana
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Platycoryne buchananiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Platycoryne buchananiana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Platycoryne buchananiana
Tropicos: Platycoryne buchananiana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Platycoryne buchananiana., retrieved 18 July 2019

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