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

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.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 54.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 22 - 23.

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

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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Flora of Malawi: Brachycorythis ovata subsp. welwitschii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Brachycorythis ovata subsp. welwitschii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachycorythis ovata
African Plant Database: Brachycorythis ovata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Brachycorythis ovata
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Brachycorythis ovata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachycorythis ovata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachycorythis ovata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Brachycorythis ovata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachycorythis ovata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Brachycorythis ovata
Tropicos: Brachycorythis ovata

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Brachycorythis ovata subsp. welwitschii., retrieved 25 May 2019

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