Holothrix schlechteriana Kraenzl. ex Schltr., Oesterr. Bot. Z. 49: 21 (1899).
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.
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.
Among rocks and shrubs.
Flowering from October to February
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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