AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix incurva Lindl., Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 207 (1837).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Holothrix rupicola Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 419 (1897).
Description:
Plant about 5 in. high, with ovoid tubers; leaves not seen; scapes about 5 in. high, slender, pilose with long somewhat retrorse hairs; racemes about 1 1/2 in. long, lax, secund; bracts ovate, acuminate, ciliate with long hairs, 1 1/2 lin. long; pedicels rather shorter than the bracts; flowers very small; sepals ovate, subobtuse, over 1 lin. long, 1-nerved, with a few long apical hairs; petals narrowly linear, obtuse, nearly 1/4 in. long, somewhat broader at the base; lip shorter than the petals, 5-lobed to about the middle; lobes linear or filiform, obtuse; spur broadly conical, very obtuse, curved, about one-third as long as the limb; column broad, about half as long as the sepals.
Habitat:
Is found in damp crevices and ledges in cliffs at 1500 to 2900 meters in the summer rainfall Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.
Distribution:
S. Africa (Drakensberg)
References:
Flora Capensis, Vol 5, Part 3, page 3, (1913) Author: (By R. A. ROLFE.); Revision der Gattung Holothrix. (Fortsetzung) R. Schlechter, Österreichische Botanische Zeitschrift, Vol. 48, No. 12 (December 1898), pp. 441-448; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999
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McMaster. Image used
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McMaster. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.