AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Schizochilus bulbinella (Rchb.f.) Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 25: 205 (1889).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Brachycorythis bulbinella Rchb.f., Flora 50: 116 (1867).
Platanthera bulbinella (Rchb.f.) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20(50): 12 (1895).
Gymnadenia bulbinella (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl., Orchid. Gen. Sp. 1: 560 (1898).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Schizochilus burchellii Bolus, Index Kew., Suppl. 1: 324 (1903), orth. var.
Description:
Plant 1/2–1 ft. high; leaves 4–7, radical or subradical, linear or linear-oblong, subacute, 2–3 1/2 in. long, 1/6– 1/2 in. broad; scapes 1/2–1 ft. high, with 4–6 lanceolate acuminate sheaths; racemes oblong, rather broad, 1–1 3/4 in. long; bracts ovate, acute, 1/6– 1/4 in. long; flowers bright golden-yellow (Galpin); sepals broadly ovate, subobtuse, under 1/6 in. long, 3-nerved; petals broadly ovate, subobtuse, more than half as long as the sepals, 1-nerved; lip as long as the sepals, obscurely or shortly 3-lobed, slightly pubescent; side lobes rounded or very obtuse, very short, sometimes subobsolete; front lobe oblong or ovate-oblong, subobtuse; disc with 3 nerves or obscure keels at the base; spur saccate, very minute; column short and very broad.
Habitat:
Distribution:
S. Africa (S. Drakensberg)

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