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.
Habenaria ipyanae Schltr.
Habenaria stolzii 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: Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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.

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

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

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).

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXV Kew Bulletin 13(1) Page 63.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 70 - 71. (Includes a picture).

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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: Platycoryne buchananiana., retrieved 18 April 2024

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