FZ.5. Brachycorythis Lindl.


Summerhayes, V.S. (1955) A revision of the genus Brachycorythis Kew Bulletin 10 221-264

Description of the genus

Terrestrial herbs with ellipsoid or fusiform tubers. Stems leafy. Leaves often numerous and overlapping. Bracts leaf-like, longer than the flowers at least at base of inflorescence. Flowers usually mauve or purple, often with darker spots, less often cream-coloured or greenish-brown. Sepals free. Petals usually adnate at base to side of column. Basal part of lip boat-shaped, spurred or saccate; upper part flattened, usually projecting forwards.

Worldwide: 25 species in tropical and South Africa and Asia.

Zambia: 15 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
angolensis (Schltr.) Schltr. N,W,CNw,N,CDescription, Image
buchananii (Schltr.) RolfeN,W,CNw,N,CDescription, Image
congoensis Kraenzl.N,W,C,SNw,Lk,SDescription, Image
conica (Summerh.) Summerh. subsp. longilabris Summerh. WNw
friesii (Schltr.) Summerh. N,W,CNw,N,CDescription, Image
inhambanensis (Schltr.) Schltr.N,WNw,NDescription, Image
kalbreyeri Rchb.f. WNw
lastii RolfeN,WCbDescription, Image
mixta Summerh. [DD]WNw
ovata Lindl. subsp. welwitschii (Rchb. f.) Summerh.[DD]N,W,ENw,N,McDescription, Image
pilosa Summerh. [LR-lc]N,WNw,N
pleistophylla Rchb. f. subsp. pleistophylla N,W,C,ENw,N,Mc,CDescription, Image
pubescens Harv.N,W,C,ENw,N,Mc,C,EDescription, Image
rhodostachys (Schltr.) Summerh. N,W,CNw,Lp,CDescription, Image
tenuior Rchb. f.N,CN,LkDescription, Image

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Brachycorythis
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Flora of Mozambique: Brachycorythis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Brachycorythis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachycorythis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Brachycorythis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachycorythis
Plants of the World Online: Brachycorythis
Tropicos: Brachycorythis
Wikipedia: Brachycorythis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Brachycorythis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=405, retrieved 1 March 2024

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