Brachycorythis ovata Lindl.
subsp. welwitschii (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Brachycorythis ovata subsp. welwitschii

Dry dambo
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Brachycorythis ovata subsp. welwitschii

Dry dambo
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Brachycorythis ovata subsp. welwitschii

Dry dambo
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis acutiloba Rendle
Brachycorythis welwitschii Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 25-55 cm tall from wooly cylindrical tuber; leaves lanceolate to ovate, acute to acuminate; inflorescence laxly to densely many-flowered flowers mauve and white.
Differs from other subspecies in a less densely leafy stem, inflorescence laxer, slightly larger flowers with lip lobed at the apex only.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: ovata: ovate or egg-shaped
Habitat: Montane grassland and dry dambo
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Angola through DRC, Burundi to Tanzania south to Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc
Growth form(s): Perennial, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Thursday 15 March 2018

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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 317.

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Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 78.

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La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 31.

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.

McMurtry, D., Grobler, L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 44 - 45. As Brachycorythis ovata

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

Summerhayes, V.S. (1955). A revision of the genus Brachycorythis Kew Bulletin 10 Pages 256 - 257.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 32.

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Brachycorythis ovata subsp. welwitschii., retrieved 2 October 2023

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