AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix pleistodactyla Kraenzl. in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 151 (1895).
Heterotypic Synonyms:

Holothrix rorida G.Will., Kirkia 13: 245 (1990).
Description:

Terrestrial herb 10–18 cm tall. Tubers 2, c. 15 × 18 mm, ovoid. Leaves 2, appressed to ground, usually withered at flowering time, c. 15 mm long and wide, orbicular, apiculate. Scape without sheaths, pink with white spreading hairs. Inflorescence fairly laxly 3–10-flowered, flowers secund; ovary 4–6 mm long, erect; bracts 2–5 mm long, ovate, acute, hairy. Flowers non-resupinate, c. 7 mm in diameter, cream to pale yellow, sepals green. Sepals 2–4 × 1–1.5 mm, lanceolate to ovate, acute, glabrous. Petals 5–7 mm long, with 3 slender lobes 2–2.5 mm long. Lip similar but with 8–10 lobes.Spur 1.7–3 mm long, obtuse, more or less straight then upcurved at apex. Column very short. Ovary glabrous.
Habitat:

Dry montane grassland, after burning 2130–2300 m.
Distribution:

Tanzania to Malawi