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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb, 20–36 cm tall; stems creeping at the base, erect in the upper part.
Morphology Roots
Roots arising from the lower nodes, fleshy, villous, c. 2 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, 4.8–8 × 1.2–4 cm, ovate, slightly asymmetrical, glabrous, margins often undulate, lamina with 3 prominent longitudinal veins; petiole 2–4 cm long, flattened, widening to a sheath at the base; upper 5–6 leaves reduced to ovate sheaths up to about 2 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence terminal, densely many-flowered; rhachis, bracts, ovary, pedicel and sepals all glandular-hairy; ovary and pedicel c. 7 mm long; bracts up to 15 × 7 mm at the base of the inflorescence, ovate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals green, the lateral sepals sometimes pink-brown along the margin; petals green or pink-brown; lip white, pink-brown at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Dorsal sepal 6–7 × 3 mm, ovate, convex; lateral sepals joined to the dorsal sepal for 3 mm, then spreading, the free part c. 4 × 2.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5–8 × 1 mm, oblanceolate or spathulate, lying inside the dorsal sepal.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 5.5–8.5 × 2.2–2.5 mm, adnate to the column for half its length, fleshy, deeply concave with 2 rounded calli at the base, the apex rounded and recurved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 4–6.5 mm long; rostellum 2-lobed, the lobes acuminate, as long as the anther; stigma papillose.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Platylepis glandulosa (Lindl.) Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 28, 2012 Jongkind, C.C.H. et al. [11254], Guinea K000970067
Mar 1, 2001 Cheek, M. [9652], Cameroon 72134.000
Mar 1, 2001 Cheek, M. [9652], Cameroon K000107188
Jan 1, 1995 Poulsen, A.D. [802], Uganda K000048842
Jan 1, 1994 Watts, J. [562], Cameroon K000106598
Mar 29, 1984 La Croix [523], Malawi K000048823
Jun 25, 1974 Fanshawe, D.B. [8217], Zambia K000048826
Mar 2, 1966 Hall, J.B. [3348], Ghana K000048830
Feb 18, 1966 Killick, H.J. [246], Nigeria K000048844
Harley, W.J. [2042], Liberia 24140.000
Cribb, P. [10683], Tanzania 25694.245
Williamson, G. [770], Zambia 33906.000
La Croix [468], Malawi 50009.000
Exell, A.W. [622], Sao Tome and Principe 9659.000
Du Puy, D.J. [M862], Madagascar 72335.000
Welwitsch [672], Angola K000242203 Unknown type material
Guinea-Bissau K000048832
Harley, G.W. [2042], Liberia K000048834
Germain, R. [957], Zaïre K000048839
Myers [13402], Sudan K000048840
La Croix, I.F. [943], Malawi K000048824
Schlechter [12110], Mozambique K000048829
Ball, J.S. [866], Zimbabwe K000048828
Ball, J.S. [866], Zimbabwe K000048827
de Wilde, W. [62], Sao Tome and Principe K000048838
de Wilde, W. [1115], Cameroon K000048835
Sanford, W.W. [5752], Equatorial Guinea K000048837
Pettersson, B. [402], Tanzania K000048841
Chevalier, A. [18524], Guinea K000048831
Perez-Vera [892], Ivory Coast K000048833
Ward, C.J. [11179], South Africa K000048843
Le Testu, G. [4018], Central African Republic K000048836
Williamson, G. [1575], Zambia K000048825
Sanderson, J. [1048], South Africa Platylepis australis K000242197 syntype
Wood, J.M. [4122], South Africa Platylepis australis K000242198 syntype
Saunders, K. [s.n.], South Africa Platylepis australis K000242199 syntype
Wood, J.M. [1008], South Africa Platylepis australis K000242200 lectotype
Stolz, A. [585], Tanzania Platylepis nyassana K000242204

First published in Linnaea 41: 62 (1876)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Demissew, S., Cribb, P. & Rasmussen, F. (2004). Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids: 1-300. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Lejoly, J. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Flore de la Tshopo (RD Congo): Familles des Malvaceae, Orchidaceae, Sterculiaceae, Tiliaceae Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 29: 1-41.
  • Szlachetko, D. & Kowalkoska, A. (2007). Contributions to the orchid flora of Guinea, West Africa Polish Botanical Studies 25: 1-259.
  • Szlachetko, D.L. (2008). Orchidaceae of Ivory Coast Ruizia 20: 1-396.
  • Velayos, M. & al. (eds.) (2018). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 10: 1-491. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.
  • Velayos, M., Barberá, P., Cabezas, F.J., de la Estrella, M., Fero, M. & Aedo, C. (2014). Checklist of the vascular plants of Annobón (Equatorial Guinea) Phytotaxa 171: 1-78.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 184.
  • in Linnaea 41: 62(1877)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Demissew, S., Cribb, P. & Rasmussen, F. (2004). Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids: 1-300. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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