Brachycorythis buchananii (Schltr.) Rolfe

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Brachycorythis buchananii

Roadside dambo between Solwezi and Chingola
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Brachycorythis buchananii

Roadside dambo between Solwezi and Chingola
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Brachycorythis buchananii

Chakwenga Headwaters
May 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Brachycorythis buchananii

Chakwenga Headwaters
May 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis parviflora Rolfe
Platanthera buchananii Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, up to 30 cm. Leaves all along the stem. Inflorescence up to 5 cm, densely many-flowered. Flowers deep pink to purple; sepals and petals rounded, pointing forwards. Lip broad, 3-lobed, pointing downwards.
Type location:
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 bogs and vleis.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Nigeria, CAR, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Thursday 6 July 2017

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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

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La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 29. (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 94.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 117.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 95.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1955). A revision of the genus Brachycorythis Kew Bulletin 10 Pages 252 - 253.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Brachycorythis buchananii., retrieved 18 February 2020

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