AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix pilosa (Burch. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 119 (1881).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Saccidium pilosum Burch. ex Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 301 (1835).
Description:
Leaves unknown; scapes stout, erect, 1 1/2 ft. high, densely pilose with long spreading or reflexed hairs, without sheaths; racemes 8 in. long, very dense, not secund, many-flowered; bracts triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, 1/4 in. long, pilose at the margin; sepals ovate, acuminate, saccate at the base, 1-nerved, 1/4 in. long; petals linear, obtuse, with a narrow or filiform base, over 1/3 in. long, somewhat thickened at the apex, free; lip elliptic-oblong, over 1/3 in. long, shortly 5-lobed at the apex, with oblong obtuse lobes; spur saccate, obtuse 1 lin. long; column broad, one-third as long as the sepals; capsule elliptic-oblong, nearly 1/3 in. long.
Habitat:
Distribution:
S. Cape Prov.