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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean, Maluku to S. Pacific.

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herbs; stem creeping at base, with tomentose roots
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate, petiolate, sheathing at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence terminal; scape with several sheaths; raceme few–many-flowered, short or long, narrow or wide; bracts conspicuous, often broad and glandular-pilose, longer than the ovaries
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals free; petals connivent with the dorsal sepal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip erect, adnate to the column for part of its length, saccate at the base with variously shaped calli, and reflexed at the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column elongate; rostellum erect; bilobed; clinandrium and anther oblong, erect behind the rostellum; stigma papillose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules oblong.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb, stems creeping at the base, roots tomentose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate, petiolate, sheathing at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Upper stem with leaves reduced to sheaths; inflorescence terminal, racemose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts conspicuous, broad, glandular-hairy, longer than the ovaries.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals free; petals partly joined to dorsal sepal; lip adnate to the column for part of its length, reflexed at the apex, saccate at the base, with calli of various shapes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column elongate; clinandrium and anther erect, oblong; rostellum erect, 2-lobed, set in front of the anther.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma oblong.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maluku, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nigeria, Réunion, Samoa, Seychelles, Society Is., Solomon Is., Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu, Wallis-Futuna Is., Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Platylepis A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Morze, G. [112], Zambia 31743.000
Cours, M.G. [2194], Madagascar K000718703

First published in Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 34 (1828)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2003). Genera Orchidacearum 3: 1-358. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 184. Nom. cons.
  • in Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 34 (1828)

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 34 (1828), nom. conserv.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 34 (1828), nom. conserv.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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