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 by 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 in situ 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 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 drawing/photo ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo ok; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing ok