AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Brachycorythis inhambanensis (Schltr.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 38(2): 112 (1921).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Platanthera inhambanensis Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 330 (1899).
Description:
Stem 20-35 cm tall, erect, slender, glabrous. Leaves 8, up to 8 cm long and 3 cm wide, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acute, glabrous, erect, decreasing in size up the stem. Inflorescence 6-9.5 cm long, laxly or densely many-flowered. Flowers whitish- or yellowish-green, the inside of the petals and lip spotted with purple-brown. Floral bracts up to 25 mm long, glabrous, longer than the lower flowers. Pedicel and ovary 7-9 mm long, glabrous. Dorsal sepal 4.5 mm long, 2.5 mm wide, elliptic, obtuse, slightly cochleate. Petals 4.5 mm long, 1.5-2.7 mm wide, obliquely elliptic-obovate, obtuse. Lateral sepals 4.5-5.6 mm long, 2.5-3 mm wide, obliquely elliptic-ovate, rounded at the apex. Lip -hypochile 1-2 mm long and wide, shallowly saccate; epichile 4.8-6 mm long, 3.5-5.5 mm wide, triangular in general outline, distinctly three-lobed at the apex; the middle lobe ca. 1 mm long, triangular-ligulate, subobtuse, shorter than side lobes; side lobes more or less ovate-rhomboid, rounded. Gynostemium 2-2.5 mm long.
Habitat:
Marshes. December-Ferbruary.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique. Alt. 1680-1980 m.
References:
Orchidaceae of West-central Africa, vol. 1, Gdansk University Press Gdansk 2010
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Photograph© Nicholas Case
Wightman Image used with kind
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