Platycoryne trilobata Summerh. 1958 Drawing and collection sheet by Faulkner, H.G. The Kew Royal Botanical Garden Website

Full Shade Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Three Lobed Platycoryne

Flower Size

Found in Angola and Zambia in permananently wet dambos at elevations above 1000 metrs as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ovoid tubers giving rise to an erect, stem carrying 5 to 6, spaced all along the stem, the lowermost 1 to 2, sheathing, the middle few, spreading, lanceoalte, acute, basally clasping, the upper ones adpressed to the stem leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence and carrying mostly green flowers.

Very similar to P protearum which both have a very similar rostellum but this one differs in the three lobed lip


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing fide