Brachycorythis rhodostachys (Schltr.) Summerh.

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Brachycorythis rhodostachys

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Viphya Plateau

Brachycorythis rhodostachys

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Viphya Plateau

Brachycorythis rhodostachys

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Viphya Plateau

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Synonyms: Gyaladenia rhodostachys (Schltr.) Schltr.
Platanthera rhodostachys Schltr.
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Description: A slender terrestrial herb 20–40 cm tall. Leaves along the stem, ovate, pointed, 2.5–5.5 cm long, sheathing at the base. Inflorescence densely many-flowered, 3.5–12 cm long; bracts lanceolate, acuminate, up to 15 mm long. Flowers greenish-mauve to pink-mauve with purple marks on lip. Dorsal sepal elliptic, 3–5 mm long, convex; lateral sepals oblique, 3–5 mm long, projecting forwards. Petals oblong, 2–3.5 mm long, attached to column at the base. Lip more or less obovate, 4–5 mm long, shortly 3-lobed near the apex, the mid-lobe up to 1 mm long; spur 1.5–3 mm long, slightly incurved, shortly 2-lobed at the apex.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
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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.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 17.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 33. (Includes a picture).

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 Page 246.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 29 - 30. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Brachycorythis rhodostachys., retrieved 21 April 2024

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