Brachycorythis obcordata (Lindl.) Summerh. 1955

Photo by The Gef Small Grants Programme


Photo by Susanna Stuart-Smith

Part sunCool Summer

Common Name The Reverse Heart-Shaped Brachycorythis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Assam and India at elevations around 1400 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a globose to oblong tuber giving rise to a slender stem usually stained with purple and carrying oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, sessile, blunt to subacute leaves that blooms in the summer on a 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, laxy 12 to 15 flowered, racemose inflorescence

Synonyms Gymnadenia obcordata (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1878; Habenaria obcordata (Lindl.) Fyson 1915; Orchis obcordata Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don 1825; Phyllomphax obcordata (Lindl.) Schltr. 1919; *Platanthera obcordata Lindl. ex Wall. 1832

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide