Platycoryne mediocris Summerh.

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Platycoryne mediocris

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Mutinonodo Wilderness Lodge, Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province

Platycoryne mediocris

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Mutinonodo Wilderness Lodge, Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province

Platycoryne mediocris

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Mutinonodo Wilderness Lodge, Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province

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Common names:
Status: Doubtful
Slender terrestrial, 20 - 50 cm tall. Leaves 6-10, spaced along the stem, lowermost sheath-like, others spreading, narrowly lanceolate, up to 6 × 1 cm; upper leaves bract-like. Inflorescence compact 2-7 flowers, orange including the ovaries. Dorsal sepal erect, 7-11 mm long, convex, forming a hood with the petals. Lip 3-lobed with 2 small tooth-like lobes near the base. entire, deflexed, 6.5-10 mm long. Spur 9-17 mm, swollen near the apex, usually tucked into the bract.
Notes: This species is mentioned in the Preliminary Checklist of Vascular plants of Mozambique (SABONET report 30, 2009). It is however absent from both Flora Zambesiaca (La Croix & Cribb, 1995) and the Provisional Checklist of Orchidaceae of Mozambique (Schelpe, 1973).
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Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimabwe.
Mozambique distribution: T
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 69.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 150 - 151.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 104. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 97.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 57 - 58. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 123.

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 155. also as Satyrium sacculatum

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 138.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXV Kew Bulletin 13(1) Pages 72 - 73. Protologue

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 72 - 74. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Platycoryne mediocris
Flora of Malawi: Platycoryne mediocris
Flora of Zambia: Platycoryne mediocris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Platycoryne mediocris

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Platycoryne mediocris
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Platycoryne mediocris
Plants of the World Online: Platycoryne mediocris
Tropicos: Platycoryne mediocris
Wikipedia: Platycoryne mediocris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Platycoryne mediocris., retrieved 24 April 2024

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