Brachycorythis pleistophylla Rchb. f.
subsp. pleistophylla

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Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Westaway

Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Westaway

Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Westaway

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis briartiana Kraenzl.
Brachycorythis macclouniei Braid
Brachycorythis perrieri Schltr.
Brachycorythis pulchra Schltr.
Platanthera pleistophylla (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 60 to 100 cm. Stems leafy with leaves often overlapping, lanceolate, tapering to a long, fine point. Inflorescence fairly densely many-flowered, up to 30 cm long, bracts long and leaf-like. Flowers mauve to purple, yellow in the throat; lip pointing forwards, epichile folded lengthwise.
Derivation of specific name: pleistophylla: with many leaves
Habitat: In grassland and at the edges of woodland, particularly on granite.
Altitude range: 1100 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Nigeria to Ethiopia and southwards to South Africa
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 8 September 2014

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. pleistophylla., retrieved 13 June 2024

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