Schizochilus lilacinus Schelpe ex H.P.Linder, J. S. African Bot. 46: 426 (1980).
Plants 200-350 mm tall; leaves 3-4, the lower 2-3 near the base of the stem, semi-erect, narrowly elliptic, acute, 40-100 mm long; the upper leaves lanceolate. Inflorescences semi-dense, to 100 mm long and 3-25-flowered; bracts somewhat longer than the 7 mm long ovaries. Flowers 10 mm in diameter, white or white with pink veins. Sepals subequal, lanceolate, acute; median 8-14 x 2-3.5 mm; laterals suboblique, 9-14 x 2-3 mm. Petals subobliquely ovate, subacute, c. 3 mm long. Lip 6-8 x 2.5-3.5 mm, obscurely 3-lobed, disc with a small tuft of crests; midlobe 2.5-3.5 mm long, subacute; side lobes 0.2 mm long, porrect; spur deeply bifid, straight, 1.5-3 mm long.
Schizochilus lilacinus is known only from the escarpment between Lydenburg and Graskop (Mpumalanga), and flowers from October to December.
The plant is similar to Schizochilus crenulatus, differing mainly in leaf shape, habitat and the orientation of the inflorescence.
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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