Platylepis glandulosa (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1877 Photo by P. J. Cribb and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Dr Schelpe

Common Name The Glandular Haired Platylepis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 3/8" [7mm]

Found in Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equitorial Guinea, Zaire, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Natal South Africa in shady, marshy areas on river banks and on rocks in forests at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm growing terestrial with pencil-thick, soft stems that root into leaf liter giving rise to glandular inflorescence that arise in February and March or summer ensitu and have the flowers in a dense corymb held towards the apex.

Synonyms Diplogastra angolensis Welw. ex Rchb.f. 1865; *Notiophrys glandulosa Lindl. 1862; Platylepis angolensis (Welw. ex Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Platylepis australis Rolfe 1906; Platylepis engleriana Kraenzl. ex Engl. 1908; Platylepis nyassana Schltr. 1915; Platylepis talbotii Rendle 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen #5 17-20 tafel 6 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing/photo ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo ok; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing ok

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