AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Ceratandra globosa Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 364 (1838).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Ceratandropsis globosa (Lindl.) Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 267 (1913).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Ceratandra parviflora Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 364 (1838).
Description:
An erect slender glabrous herb, 15-30 cm. high; stem straight leafy, the leaves erect-spreading linear-lanceolate, long acuminate, semi-amplexicaul, 2-6 cm. long, the radical ones 10-30, linear or linear-filiform, up to 5 cm. long; spike dense subglobose, 6-12 fl., the flowers suberect; bracts leaf-like lanceolate, long acuminate, as long as the ovary; lateral sepals ascending concave ovate subacute, 0,6 cm. long; odd sepal suberect concave lanceolate subacute, slighting cohering with the petals, as long as the lateral sepals; petals shortly clawed, the lamina obliquely broadly ovate, the anterior margin slightly undulate; lip clawed, the claw deflexed oblong, the lamina erect subreniform, sometimes auriculate, 0,5 cm. long; arms of the rostellum erect-incurved; anther pendent; ovary cylindrical, 0,8-1 cm. long.
Habitat:
Distribution:
SW. & S. Cape Prov.