AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Brachycorythis macowaniana Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 104 (1881).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Habenaria macowaniana (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f., Gard. Chron. 1889(1): 168 (1889).
Gymnadenia macowaniana (Rchb.f.) Schltr., Verh. Bot. Vereins Prov. Brandenburg 35: 46 (1893).
Platanthera macowaniana (Rchb.f.) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20(50): 12 (1895).
Gyaladenia mac-owaniana (Rchb.f.) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 38(2): 125 (1921).
Description:

An erect glabrous herb, 10-23 cm. high; tubers several cylindrical clustered; stem leafy subflexuous ; leaves 10-12, linear-lanceolate acute or acuminate, 1 -nerved, often undulate, erect-spreading, 4-6 cm. long, the upper gradually smaller; raceme cylindrical, 2,5-10 cm. long, many-flowered, bracts shaped like the leaves, herbaceous, spreading, about equalling or exceeding the flowers; flowers small, including the ovaries, about 1 cm. long; side sepals ovate-lanceolate subacute, the odd sepal wider and more concave, all nearly 4 mill, long; petals lanceolate oblique, a little longer than the sepals; lip cuneate-ovate in outline, thick fleshy, 3-lobed towards the apex, the side lobes obtuse ascending, middle lobe longer rounded deflexed, spur inflated pendulous, shorter than the limb ; column half the length of the lip; arms of the rostellum short, projecting, with an intermediate fold; stigma large excavate ; ovary cylindrical, slender.
Notes:

Colour of the sepals dingy red, petals green, lip yellow, sometimes with a central green stripe, anther purple.

Habitat:
Distribution:

S. Cape Prov.