AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Ceratandra bicolor Sond. ex Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 20: 487 (1884).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Evota bicolor (Sond. ex Bolus) Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 269 (1913).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Ceratandra harveyana Sond., Linnaea 19: 108 (1846), nom. illeg.
Description:
An erect glabrous herb, 7-23 cm. high; radical leaves 5-10, erect linear acute, 1,5-3,5 cm. long; stem flexuous, distantly leafy, the leaves erect-spreading linear-lanceolate acute, loosely sheathing at base, gradually passing off into the bracts, 1-3 cm. long; spike laxly l-9 fl. (usually 2-4fl.), the flowers erect-spreading; bracts herbaceous, broadly ovate, much shorter than the ovary; lateral sepals spreading-deflexed concave ovate obtuse, 1-1,2 cm. long; odd sepal resupinate lanceolate, loosely cohering with the petals, as long as the lateral sepals; petals resupinate concave, obliquely cuneate obovate, crenulate on the upper widened margin, as long as the odd sepal; limb of the lip tuberculate above in the middle, unguiculate, the lamina somewhat lunate, the lateral lobes ascending, crenulate, 1 cm. long, appendix deeply bifid, the segments erect-incurved linear, acute or obtuse, 0,1-0 8 cm. long; ovary 0,9-1,2 cm. long.
Habitat:
In fynbos at elevations around 90 to 1000 meters.
Distribution:
SW. Cape Prov.

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