Platycoryne guingangae (Rchb. f.) Rolfe 1898

Inflorescence Photo by Guy Ramette Vovan and his Gabon Orchids Website


Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Angola and Zambia in sandy grasslands as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte at elevations of 1350 to 1500 meters with 1 to 2, ovoid to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, delicate, glabrous, leafy stem carrying 3 to 9, linear to narrowly lanceolate, acute, evenly spread but occasionally in a basal tuft, decreasing in size up the stem leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, .8 to 1.8" [2 to 4.5 cm] long, racemose, densely 1 to 15 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate to broadly ovate, acuminate, glabrous floral bracts.

Synonyms *Habenaria guingangae Rchb. f.1865; Habenaria poggeana Kraenzl. 1893; Platycoryne poggeana (Kraenzl.) Rolfe 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing fide