Brachycorythis conica (Summerh.) Summerh. 1955 Photo by Judd Kirkel and The Operation Wildflower Website

B conica subsp longilabris Photo by Williamson

Part sunCold Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Conical Brachycorythis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Zambia and Transvaal South Africa as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, sl;ender to fairly robust stem carrying cauline, densely imbricate, rarely lax, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, acute to acuminate, glabrous leaves that blooms in the summer and earlier fall on an erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION! The photo above is of the subspecies transvaalensis occuring only in South Africa, to date I have not come across the type or the other subspecies var longilabris both of which occur in tropical Africa.

Synonyms Brachycorythis conica subsp. longilabris Summerh. 1955; Brachycorythis conica subsp. transvaalensis Summerh. 1955; Brachycorythis lisowskiana Szlach. & Olszewski, 1998; *Diplacorchis conica Summerh. 1938; Gyaladenia conica (Summerh.) Szlach. 2006; Gyaladenia conica subsp. longilabris (Summerh.) Szlach. 2006; Gyaladenia conica subsp. transvaalensis (Summerh.) Szlach. 2006; Gyaladenia lisowskiana (Szlach. & Olszewski) Szlach. 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as B conica ssp longilabris drawing/photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part One Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999;