Brachycorythis inhambanensis (Schltr.) Schltr.

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Brachycorythis inhambanensis

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

Brachycorythis inhambanensis

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

Brachycorythis inhambanensis

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

Brachycorythis inhambanensis

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Platanthera inhambanensis Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, 20-35 cm tall. Leaves 4-8, along the stem, the lower leaves sheath-like. Inflorescence up to 10 cm, fairly densely several to many-flowered; bracts leaf-like longer than the lowermost flowers. Flowers yellowish-green with purple spots on the insides of petals and lip. Sepals projecting forwards. Lip 5-7 mm long, saccate but not forming a spur, 3-lobed near the apex. Lobes triangular, side lobes slightly broader than the mid-lobe.
Derivation of specific name: inhambanensis: of Inhambane, in Mozambique, where the type was collected.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Summerhayes, V.S. (1955). A revision of the genus Brachycorythis Kew Bulletin 10 Page 252.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 28 - 29. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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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 Malawi: Species information: Brachycorythis inhambanensis., retrieved 24 April 2024

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