Brachycorythis conica subsp. transvaalensis
The late J.P.H. Acocks, well known for his vegetation map of South Africa, first recorded this beautiful orchid in our area in 1956. In 2007, after a long absence of sightings, it was re-discovered by Andrew Hankey of SANBI, on municipal and private land adjacent to the WSNBG nature reserve.
This species was once more widespread in Gauteng but due to habitat loss only three colonies remain worldwide. The PROTEADAL population has just over 100 individuals, while the other two remaining colonies both have less than ten individuals. It is therefore critical that remaining habitat for these plants is preserved to avoid their extinction. To help save this orchid and protect it in future, please donate to the Wild Orchid Trust.