Brachycorythis tenuior Rchb. f.

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Brachycorythis tenuior

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

Brachycorythis tenuior

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

Brachycorythis tenuior

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

Brachycorythis tenuior

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Brachycorythis crassicornis Kraenzl.
Diplacorchis engleriana (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
Diplacorchis tenuior (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Habenaria tenuior (Rchb. f) N.E. Br.
Platanthera tenuior (Rchb. f) Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial, 20-50 cm tall. Leaves lanceolate, numerous, along the stem. Inflorescence up to 16 cm, densely several to many-flowered; bracts leaf-like, up to 3 cm long. Flowers pale to deep purple with darker spots. Lip 10-13 mm long, the back part forming a blunt-tipped spur 5-9 mm long. The front part, 3-lobed for about half the length. Mid-lobe fleshy and convex.
Derivation of specific name: tenuior: fine, slender, thin; reference uncertain, possibly pertaining to the slender habit of the plant.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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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 tenuior., retrieved 18 June 2024

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