Platycoryne protearum (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1898 Drawing and collection sheet by The Kew Royal Botanical Garden Website

Full ShadeWarmCool Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Pale Platycoryne

Flower Size .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in wet grasslands and marshy to seepage areas amongst rocks at elefvations of 1050 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with globose to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 4, lowermost sheath-like, the next 2 to 3, lanceolate, acute, the rest gradually smaller above, bract like, spaced out along the stem leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, laxly 1 to 5 flowered inflorscence carrying semi-erect, variable, greenish yellow to yellow orange flowers .

Synonyms Habenaria paludosa Rchb.f. 1865; *Habenaria protearum Rchb.f. 1878; Habenaria ukingensis Schltr. 1915; Platycoryne protearum var. recurvirostrum G.Will. 1980; Platycoryne ukingensis (Schltr.) Summerh. 1958

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 as P Protearum var recurvorostris; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing fide