Brachycorythis angolensis (Schltr.) Schltr.

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Brachycorythis angolensis

Nyabutaye Dambo
Nov 2013
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachycorythis angolensis

Nyabutaye Dambo
Dec 2014
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis oligophylla Kraenzl.
Platanthera angolensis Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Large leafy plant up to 65 cm tall from thick cylindrical roots; flowering stem leaves 5-10, up to 10 x 2.5 cm, lanceolate, sterile shoot leaves 2, up to 28 x 3.5 cm, oblanceolate and petiolate; inflorescence densely many flowered, 5.5-12.5 x 3-5 cm; ovary and pedicel 11-15 mm long; bracts up to 26 x 4.5 mm, lanceolate; flowers white or mauve, lip darker and spotted ; sepals elliptic, dorsal sepal 7-10.5 x 2.5-4.5 mm, lateral sepals usually slightly longer and oblique; petals 6-10 x 1.5-4.5 mm, obliquely oblanceolate or elliptic, attached to column at base; lip7-10 mm long, hypochile forming a sac-like spur 2.5-4.5 mm long, epichile 5.5-8 x 7-9.2 mm, 3-lobed in the apical half, lobes rounded and ±equal in length.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: from Angola, location of type specimen.
Habitat: Swampy grassland and permanently wet dambos.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1440 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Angola east through Zambia and DRC to Tanzania.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 18 - 20.

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 250 - 251. Also as Brachycorythis oligophylla

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 30 - 31.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachycorythis angolensis
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Brachycorythis angolensis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachycorythis angolensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachycorythis angolensis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Brachycorythis angolensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachycorythis angolensis
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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 angolensis., retrieved 17 September 2019

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