Brachycorythis pubescens Harv.

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Brachycorythis pubescens

Dry to moist dambo in sandy loam soil
Mufumbwe Plain (dambo)
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Brachycorythis pubescens

Dry to moist dambo in sandy loam soil
Mufumbwe Plain (dambo)
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Brachycorythis pubescens

Dry to moist dambo in sandy loam soil
Mufumbwe Plain (dambo)
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis goetzeana Kraenzl.
Brachycorythis hispidula (Rendle) Schltr.
Brachycorythis kassneriana Kraenzl.
Brachycorythis stolzii Schltr.
Peristylus hispidulus Rendle
Platanthera hispidula (Rendle) Gilg.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Plants up to 75 cm tall from fleshy cylindrical wooly tuberous roots; leaves numerous, up to 6 x 2 cm, lanceolate, densely pubescent; inflorescence densely many flowered, 4-35 x 2.5-3.5 cm; ovary and pedicel 1.5-2.5 cm long, pubescent, purple; bracts leaf-like, up to 25 x 6 mm, lanceolate, pubescent; flowers mauve-pink to purple-pink and orange to yellow in centre, sepals often darker at tips; sepals 5-8 x 2-4.5 mm, pubescent, dorsal sepal ovate, convex forming a hood with petal, lateral sepals spreading , obliquely ovate; petals 4.5-7 x 2-4 mm, obliquely ovate, attached to column at base, sparesly pubescent on outside; lip hypochile forming sac-like, 2-3 mm long, right angle bend between hypochile and epichile, epichile 6-9 x 6-9 mm, 3-lobed near apex, side lobes rounded, mid lobe narrow, shorter or equal to side lobes.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: pubescens: densely hairy.
Habitat: Grassland, dambo edges and open woodland.
Altitude range: 500 - 2550 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Guinea east to Kenya south to South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,C,E
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Content last updated: Thursday 4 April 2019

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Brachycorythis pubescens., retrieved 16 June 2024

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