AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Schizochilus cecilii Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1906: 168 (1906).
Description:
Plants 100-300 mm tall; leaves 6-15, lower 3-6 clustered at the base of the stem, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, acute, to 100 mm long, remainder scattered up the scape, lanceolate, grading into the bracts. Inflorescences dense, to 70 mm long and 40-flowered; bracts at least as long as the ovary. Flowers 2-3 mm in diameter, bright yellow or white. Sepals concave, 2-4 mm long; median elliptic to rotund, obtuse; laterals sub-obliquely lanceolate to ovate, subacute. Petals rhomboid-rotund to ovate, acute, curved over the anther, 1.3-3 mm long. Lip 3-3.6 x 1.5-1.8 mm, disc with 3 fleshy calli; midlobe c. 1 mm long; side lobes less than half as long, subacute; spur cylindrical, straight, 0.1-1 mm long.
A key to the subspecies of Schizochilus cecili
Habitat:
In shallow soil over rock in montane grassland at elevations of 1000 to 2200 meters.
Distribution:
Zimbabwe to Swaziland
References:
Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008
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Photograph© Lourens
Grobler. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Lourens
Grobler. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Lourens
Grobler. Image used
with kind permission.