Brachycorythis pubescens Harv. 1860


Photo by Lourens Grobler

Fragrance Partial sun Cool Cold Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Hairy Brachycorythis

Flower Size 1/4" [.66 cm]

Found in Burkino Faso, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in grasslands and open woodlands at elevations of sealevel to 2700 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a stem carrying numerous, lanceolate, acuminate, densely velvety hairy leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, densely many fowered, to 14" [to 35 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with bracts similar to the leaves and carrying pubescent, sweet soapy scented flowers.

Synonyms Brachycorythis baumii Schltr. 1921; Brachycorythis goetziana Kraenzl. 1899; Brachycorythis hispidula (Rendle) Schltr. 1921; Brachycorythis kassneriana Kraenzl. 1914; Brachycorythis stolzii Schltr. 1921; Brachycorythis sudanica Schltr. 1921; Peristylus hispidulus Rendle 1891; Platanthera brachycorythis Schltr. 1895; Platanthera hispidula (Rendle) Gilg 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; An Introduction to the South African Orchids Schelpe 1966; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968 drawing; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide;Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Flore du Gabon Vol 36 Szlachetko etal 2004 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;