Brownleea galpinii Bolus 1893

Inflorescence Plant in Situ in Zimbabwe

Flower CloseupPlant in Situ in Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part shadeCool ColdLATESummerEARLYFall

Common Name Galpin's Brownleea [South African Banker and Botanist 1800's and early 1900's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in grasslands, streambanks and seepages at elevations of 1500 to 2250 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with testicular tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2 to 4, linear, plicate, upper much smaller than the lower leaves and blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, densely 5 to 25 flowered corymb with longer than the ovaries, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

The photos above are of B galpinii subsp major.

Synonyms Brownleea fanniniae Rolfe 1920; Brownleea flavescens Schltr. 1924; Brownleea galpinii subsp. major (Bolus) H.P.Linder 1981; Brownleea galpinii var. major Bolus 1893; Brownleea leucantha Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 as B galpinii ssp major photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 as B galpinii subsp major drawing/photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photo fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide