AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix macowaniana Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 108 (1881).
Heterotypic Synonyms:

Tryphia macowaniana Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 108 (1881).
Description:

Terrestrial herb 5–8 cm tall. Scape without sheaths, sparsely hairy. Leaves 2, appressed to ground, c. 13 × 10 mm, broadly ovate. Inflorescence laxly several-flowered, flowers secund; ovary 4 mm long. Flowers white. Dorsal sepal 1.75–2.2 × 1.2 mm, lateral sepals 2.25–2.75 × 1.2–1.5 mm. Petals 2.75–4.2 × 1–1.4 mm; lanceolate, acuminate, entire, united to lip at the base. Lip 5.3–7 × 3.5–5.2 mm, obovate or cuneate, with 6–9 shallow teeth. Spur 2.5–3 mm long, slender, tapering. Anther 1.25 mm tall. Ovary glabrous.
Habitat:

Shallow soil near granite boulders 1800–1850 m.
Distribution:

Zimbabwe, SE. Cape Prov.

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Botanical Drawing / Herbarium
Holothrixmacowaniana
Photograph copyright Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Image used with kind permission.