Brachycorythis pleistophylla Rchb.f. 1881


Flower CloseupPlant in Situ in Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part sun WarmColdLATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Many Leafed Brachycorythis

Flower Size .6" [1.6 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Equatrial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Transvaal South Africa and Madagascar at the edges of deciduous woodlands or grasslands at elevations of 900 to 2700 meters as a small to giant sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a thick, fleshy tuber giving rise to an erect stem carrying numerous, lanceolate, acuminate, decreasing in size ascending the stem and becoming bract-like leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a subdensely many flowered, to 14" [35 cm] long, racemose inflorescence

Synonyms Brachycorythis briantiana Kraenzl. ex De Wild. & T.Durand 1899; Brachycorythis leopoldii Kraenzl. 1898; Brachycorythis macclouniei Braid 1925; Brachycorythis perrieri Schltr. 1916; Brachycorythis pleistophylla subsp. leopoldii (Kraenzl.) Summerh. 1955; Brachycorythis pleistophylla var. leopoldii (Kraenzl.) Geerinck 1982; Brachycorythis pulchra Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora of tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 as B pleistophylla var leopoldii ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part One Pope 1995 as B pleistophylla subsp leopoldii; Orchids of Kenya Stewart, Campbell 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo ok; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photo fide; Flore du Gabon Vol 36 Szlachetko etal 2004 drawing hmm; Flore du Gabon Vol 36 Szlachetko etal 2004 as B pleistophylla vat leopoldii; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide;