Brachycorythis iantha (Wight) Summerh. 1955

Photo cortesy of Survey of Natural Resources of the Western Ghats India website


by J Joseph

Part sun CoolCold Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Violet-Blue Brachycorythis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern India at elvations of 1800 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 1 to 2, oblong-hairy tubers giving rise to an erect, basally naked, elongated or not stem provided with 4 to 5 infundibubulbar sheaths and carrying 5 to 8 , equally spaced, imbricating, ovate-lanceolate, acute mucronate apically, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on an erect, terminal, short, few to many flowered inflorescence with foliaceous, varying in size, ovate, acute, longer than the flowers floral bracts and carrying sessile pink flowers

Synonyms Habenaria iantha (Wight) Hook.f. 1890; Phyllomphax iantha (Wight) Schltr. 1919; Platanthera affinis Wight 1851; *Platanthera iantha Wight 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Gymnadenia/Platanthera iantha; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007