Holothrix thodei Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 100 (1912).
Leaves and bulbs not seen; scapes about 3 in. high, rather stout, densely pilose with rather stout retrorse hairs; racemes 1 1/2 in. long, somewhat lax, many-flowered, not secund; bracts ovate, subacute, villous, about 1 lin. long; pedicels rather shorter than the bracts; flowers very small, greenish; sepals ovate-oblong, subobtuse, somewhat ciliate, 1 lin. long, 1-nerved; petals ovate-lanceolate, narrowed upwards, subobtuse, fleshy, about 2 lin. long, 1-nerved; lip not much longer than the sepals, very broad, shortly 3-lobed, with three broad obtuse fleshy lobes, the front lobe about twice as long as the lateral pair; spur conical, subobtuse, straight, about one-third as long as the limb; column broad, about one-third as long as the sepals.
The specific name, thodei, honours Hans Thode, a naturalist of the early twentieth century.
Grows in moist rocky grassland or rock crevices from 1500-2600 meters in the summer rainfall Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.
S. Africa (Drakensberg)
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Flora Capensis, Vol 5, Part 3, page 3, (1913) Author: (By R. A. ROLFE.)
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