AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Neobolusia tysonii (Bolus) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20(50): 5 (1895).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Brachycorythis tysonii Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 20: 485 (1884).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Brachycorythis junodiana Kraenzl., Vierteljahrsschr. Naturf. Ges. Zürich 60: 389 (1915).
Description:
Soft underground tuber. Slender, hairless, up to 45 cm high. Two relatively large soft flat leaves near base of stern, c 7 cm long x 1 cm wide; stem-leaves few, much smaller, widely spaced, grading into bracts. Axis wavy. Bracts erect, those at middle of raceme c 13 mm long, tapering to fine point. Flowers standing out from axis; perianth segments c. 7 mm long except for lip which is slightly longer, not lobed, its base boat-shaped, end much wider, flat. Sepals brownish, spreading; petals white; side petals arched behind column. No spur or pouch.
Habitat:
At elevations of 1200 to 2350 meters in montane marshy grasslands. This species blooms in summer.
Distribution:
S. Africa
References:
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;
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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.