Platycoryne buchananiana (Kraenzl.) Rolfe 1898

Plant in Situ Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part ShadeWarm Cool Summer

Common Name Buchanan's Platycoryne [Original Collector of Species 1800's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in poorly drained grassland, vleis and seepage slopes at elevations of 500 to 1850 meters as a slender, small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terestrial with leaves all along the stem, up to 5 cm, acting as bracts ascending and blooms in the summer on an erect, .6 to 2.2" [1.5 to 5.5 cm] long, densely 4 to 16 flowered inflorescence and has all orange or yellow flowers and ovaries.

Synonyms *Habenaria buchananiana Kraenzl.1894; Habenaria ipyanae Schltr. 1915; Habenaria kitimboana Kraenzl. 1914; Habenaria kitondo De Wild. 1902; Habenaria stolzii Kraenzl. 1912; Platycoryne kitondo (De Wild.) Summerh. 1956

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing good