AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix schlechteriana Kraenzl. ex Schltr., Oesterr. Bot. Z. 49: 21 (1899).
Description:
An erect slender herb, 15-35 cm. high; leaves 2, flat on the ground, the upper one ovate, the lower reniform, apiculate glabrous, 3,6 cm. long; scape straight, bearing 3-6 scattered scale-like bracts, hispidulous towards the base, the raceme rather densely many-flowered, flowers spreading; bracts ovate-lanceolate acuminate, about as long as the ovary; sepals oblong, widened towards the apex, apiculate, 0,4 cm. long; petals oblong-obovatein outline, 5-7 sect, the segments recurved linear filiform, 0,9 cm. long; lip 7-9 sect, the lateral segments becoming gradually shorter, as long as the petals; clinandrium ovatum, the connective shortly produced; pollinia clavate, attached to separate glands.
Etymology:
After Friedrich R. R. Schlechter (1872-1925), German botanist and plant collector in Africa, assistant to Harry Bolus at the Bolus Herbarium in Cape Town.
Habitat:
Among rocks and shrubs.
Phenology:
Flowering from October to February
Distribution:
Cape Prov.
References:
The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Flora Capensis, Vol 5, Part 3, page 3, (1913) Author: (By R. A. ROLFE.); Revision der Gattung Holothrix. Schluss R. Schlechter, Österreichische Botanische Zeitschrift, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Januar 1899), pp. 17-23; African Orchids: XXVII V. S. Summerhayes, Kew Bulletin, Vol. 14, No. 1 (1960), pp. 126-157+iii
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Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
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permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.