AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix secunda (Thunb.) Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 119 (1881).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Orchis secunda Thunb., Prodr. Pl. Cap.: 4 (1794).
Tryphia secunda (Thunb.) Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 20: t. 1701 (1835).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Tryphia major Sond., Linnaea 19: 82 (1846).
Description:
An erect slender glabrous herb, 10-25 cm. high; leaves 2, radical, appressed to the ground, ovate or suborbicular, often fleshy, unequal, 2-4-5 cm. long; scape nude flexuous; spike laxly 3-20 flowered secund, 3-10 cm. long; bracts lanceolate cuspidate shorter than the ovary; sepals ovate acute 0-3 cm. long; petals adnate to the lip, lanceolate, attenuate upwards, 0,7 cm. long; lip orbicular in outline, 5 fid at the apex, the segments spreading linear subequal, the whole as long as the petals, spur slightly recurved cylindrical obtuse, half as long as the lip; glands of the pollinia 2, distinct.
Note:
Colour of the sepals dull greenish, petals and lip cream colour, stem dull purple.
Habitat:
Is a widespread species that is found on dry rocky slopes and pavements in the Northwest and Southwest Cape to the Western Karoo and the Little Karoo.
Distribution:
W. & SW. Cape Prov.
References:
Flora Capensis, Vol 5, Part 3, page 3, (1913) Author: (By R. A. ROLFE.); Revision der Gattung Holothrix R. Schlechter, Österreichische Botanische Zeitschrift, Vol. 48, No. 11 (November 1898), pp. 413-416; Wild Orchid Of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schlepe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999
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Holothrix secunda 01
 
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Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.