Brachycorythis buchananii (Schltr.) Rolfe 1898


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

Part sun WarmColdLATESpringSummer

Common Name Buchanan's Brachycorythis [English Original Collector of Speceies late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in grasslands and swamps at elevations of 900 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial orchid with an erect stem carrying numerous, lanceolate, decreasing in size leaves ascending the stem until becoming bracts and blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect terminal, slender, densely many flowered, to 5.6" [14 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with small brightly colored flowers.

Synonyms Brachycorythis parviflora Rolfe 1898; *Platanthera buchananii Schltr. 1897

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 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 fide;Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 photo ok; Orchids of Kenya Stewart, Campbell 1996; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo ok; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide