Platycoryne trilobata Summerh.

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Platycoryne trilobata

Wet peaty dambo grassland
Chakwenga Headwaters, Rufunsa Distr.
Nov 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Platycoryne trilobata

Wet peaty dambo grassland
Chakwenga Headwaters, Rufunsa Distr.
Nov 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Platycoryne trilobata

Wet peaty dambo grassland
Chakwenga Headwaters, Rufunsa Distr.
Nov 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 30–40 cm tall growing from ovoid tubers c.10 × 5 mm; leaves 5–6, spaced along the stem, the 1–2 lowermost sheathing, the upper ones appressed to stem, the intermediate ones ± spreading, up to 4 × 0.7 cm lanceolate, acute, sheathing at base; inflorescence up to 8 cm long, laxly 1–4-flowered; flowers green or green and yellow with an orange lip, erect or suberect; pedicel 25–30 mm long, ovary 10 mm long; bracts 10–25 mm long; dorsal sepal erect, c. 8 × 5 mm, ovate, convex; lateral sepals deflexed, c. 7.5 × 2.5 mm, obliquely lanceolate, obtuse; petals erect, adnate to dorsal sepal, 7 × 2.8 mm, obliquely curved oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, sometimes with a minute lobe on front margin; ip 5 × 4 mm, deflexed, 3-lobed below the middle. Mid-lobe 4 × 2 mm, oblong, convex; side lobes 1.5 × 0.75 mm, reflexed, narrowly ligulate, obtuse; spur c. 3 cm long, pendent, inflated at apex.
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Notes: Platycoryne trilobata resembles P. protearum but differs in having a three-lobed lip in the former compared to an entire lip in the latter.
Derivation of specific name: trilobata: three-lobed, referring to the lip
Habitat: Permanently wet dambo
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Thursday 22 December 2022

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 156 - 157.

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

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXV Kew Bulletin 13(1) Pages 67 - 68. Protologue

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 71 - 73. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Platycoryne trilobata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Platycoryne trilobata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Platycoryne trilobata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Platycoryne trilobata
JSTOR Plant Science: Platycoryne trilobata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Platycoryne trilobata
Plants of the World Online: Platycoryne trilobata
Tropicos: Platycoryne trilobata
Wikipedia: Platycoryne trilobata

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Platycoryne trilobata., retrieved 17 July 2024

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