AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Holothrix brongniartiana Rchb.f., Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 107 (1881).
Heterotypic Synonyms:

Holothrix puberula Rendle, J. Bot. 33: 278 (1895).
Description:

Terrestrial herb, 5–11 cm tall. Tubers one or two, 1–2 cm long, ovoid, hairy. Leaves 2,appressed to ground, 7–15 × 6–15 mm, orbicular or heart-shaped, apiculate, glabrous. Scape hairy, without sheaths. Inflorescence up to 5 cm long, 2–5-flowered, flowers secund; pedicels very short; ovary 5 mm long, arched; bracts up to 3 mm long, lanceolate, acute, hairy. Flowers lilac-purple, sepals and spur green. Sepals 2.7–5 × 2–2.2 mm, ovate, acute, hairy, the lateral sepals oblique. Petals 2–6 × 1–2 mm, lanceolate, acute, entire. Lip 6–11 × 3–4 mm, elliptic, minutely 2-lobed or 3-lobed at tip; spur c. 4 mm long, conical, somewhat incurved. Ovary hairy.
Habitat:

Brachystegia woodland, in sparse grass on shallow soil overlying rock, open rocky slopes c. 1660 m.
Distribution:

Ethiopia to Zambia