Platycoryne protearum (Rchb.f.) Rolfe
var. recurvirostra G.Will.

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 18-50 cm tall growing from globose to ellipsoid tubers c. 10-20 x 5-10 mm; leaves 4-8, lowermost sheath-like, next 2-3 largest, c. 20-60 x 3-8 mm, lanceolate, upper leaves erect, bract-like; inflorescence laxly 1-5-flowered; flowers green with petals and lip orange; bracts 17-22 mm long; pedicel 12-20 mm long, ovary 12-15 mm long, arched; dorsal sepal erect, ovate, convex, 6-8 x 3.5-6 mm; lateral sepals deflexed, 6.5-8 x 2-3 mm, obliquely lanceolate; petals entire, 5-7 x 1.5-3.5 mm, obliquely triangular-lanceolate, adnate to dorsal sepal; lip deflexed, 5-7 x 2.5-3 mm, entire, fleshy, convex, narrowly oblong; spur 2-3.5 cm long, slender but swollen at apex, usually enclosed within the bracts.
Differs from var. protearum in the whole plant being smaller and having the mid-lobe of the rostellum curving backwards and being shorter that the anther thecae.
Type location:
Zambia, Kawambwa District
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Wet grassland and marshy or seepage areas amongst rocks
Altitude range: 1050 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 149.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 69.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Platycoryne protearum var. recurvirostra., retrieved 2 October 2022

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