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Genus: Brownleea

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Orchidaceae

Seven species (Africa and Madagascar), all of which are native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Brownleea coerulea


Brownleea galpinii

Brownleea graminicola


Brownleea macroceras


Brownleea maculata

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Brownleea parviflora


Brownleea recurvata



  • Linder, H.P. 1981. Taxonomic studies on the Disinae: I. A revision of the genus Brownleea Lindl. Journal of South African Botany 47: 1348.

  • Linder, H.P. 1985. Notes on the orchids of southern tropical Africa. I. Brownleea and Herschelia. Kew Bulletin 40: 125129.

  • Linder, H.P. 1995. Disa, Brownleea, Herschelianthe, Monadenia. Flora zambesiaca 11: 159199.

  • Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. 1996. Ontogeny and phylogeny in Brownleea (Orchidaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany 16: 345357.