AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Schizochilus cecilii subsp. transvaalensis (Rolfe) H.P.Linder, J. S. African Bot. 46: 395 (1980).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Schizochilus transvaalensis Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 92 (1912).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Schizochilus tenellus Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 38(2): 92 (1921).
Description:
The small non-resupinate flowers are mainly white. Some yellow is present in the flower centre and on the lower three tepals, the lateral petals and median sepal. The lateral sepals are broad, concave, obliquely ovate, up to 4 mm long. They do not spread, shielding the column on its sides. Below the column, the elliptic median sepal is positioned between the lateral petals and longer than them. These lateral petals are oblique to oblong with rounded tips, up to 3 mm long. The lip is inconspicuously three-lobed, shallowly concave over the column, the side-lobes smaller. At the back of the lip is a very short spur, less than 0,6 mm long.
Habitat:
Common in the grasslands on the escarpment mountains between Pilgrims Rest and Lydenburg in Mpumalanga and Northern Province. Flowering in December and January. The plants grow in well-drained, often shallow soil over rock.
Distribution:
Northern Prov.
References:
Orchids of South Africa: A Field Guide of Steve Johnson; Seed morphology in Southern African Orchidoideae (Orchidaceae) H. Kurzweil, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol. 185, No. 3/4 (1993)
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Photograph© Warren
McCleland. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Warren
McCleland. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Warren
McCleland. Image used
with kind permission. 
Photograph© Warren
McCleland. Image used
with kind permission.