Brachycorythis lastii Rolfe 1898
Plant and Flowers in situ Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten ©, and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite
Common Name Last's Brachycorythis
Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]
Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in Brachystegia woodland and at the edges of low altitude riverine forest at elevations of 500 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial leafless saprophyte that is lacking all chlorophyll. The 1 to 4, erect flowers seem to arise straight from the humus covered ground with a few dark brown sheaths at the base. The flowers are very showy and have a strong lemon scent and occur in the later spring.
Synonyms ; Brachycorythis schlechteri Geerinck 1982; Schwartzkopffia angolensis Schltr. 1921; Schwartzkopffia lastii (Rolfe) Schltr. 1914
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Schwartzkopffia lastii; ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968 as Schwartzkopffia lastii ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Schwartzkopffia lastii drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 as Schwartzkopffia lastii ; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide drawing fide