AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix brevipetala Immelman & Schelpe, Bothalia 13: 455 (1981).
Description:
Slender, tuberous geophyte up to 30cm, with a stout stalk, stiff deflexed hairs and without bracts. Leaf one, pressed flat on the ground, up to 12mm wide, usually withered at flowering time; up to 35 flowers, more or less on one side of the flowering stem, greenish-yellow, sepals densely hairy; lip with 3-5 short, broad lobes; spur slightly curved, 1-2 mm long.
Habitat:
Found in the Western and Eastern Cape as far as Port Elizabeth; growing in sand and shallow soil in rock crevices.
Flower Date:
October to January, mostly after fire
Notes:
The squamules or stout hairs on the leaves of this species and the reflexed hairs on the scape are similar to those of Holothrix cernua. However the lip lobes are much shorter and relatively broader than the linear lobes of Holothrix cernua.
Distribution:
SW. & S. Cape Prov.
References:
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Index to 'African Orchids I: XXX' by V. S. Summerhayes Janet Redpath, Kew Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 2 (1972), pp. 337-369
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