AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Acrolophia bolusii Rolfe, Orchid Rev. 19: 198 (1911).
Description:
Rhizome stout; leaves tufted, 4–12, ensiform or linear, acuminate or acute, entire or very minutely serrulate, rigid, 4–14 in. long, 1/4– 1/3 in. broad, dilated at the sheathing base; inflorescence terminal, paniculate, 1–2 ft. high, with numerous lanceolate sheaths below; panicle 1/2–1 ft. long, lax, many-flowered; bracts lanceolate, acuminate, 1/6– 1/3 in. long; flowers small, whitish-yellow, striped with brown on the sepals and petals and suffused with the same on the base of the lip; sepals and petals subconnivent, elliptic-oblong, subobtuse, nearly 1/4 in. long; lip cochleate, cuneate at the base, without a constriction beneath, reflexed from above the base, without side lobes, emarginate, longer than the sepals and petals, with crisped and crenulate margin; disc with 3 rows of prominent filiform papillæ; spur nearly globose, 1/6 as long as the lip; column stout, with prominent basal angles, 1/2 as long as the sepals and petals.
Habitat:
In restio-veld in sand at elevations near sea level to 250 meters.
Cultivation:
Cold growing terrestrial.
Distribution:
SW. Cape Prov.
References:
Flora Capensis, Vol 5, Part 3, page 3, (1913) Author: (By R. A. ROLFE.); Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999
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Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.