Dracomonticola virginea (Bolus) H.P.Linder & Kurzweil, Willdenowia 25: 230 (1995).
Platanthera virginea Bolus, Icon. Orchid. Austro-Afric. 1: t. 60 (1896).
Gymnadenia virginea (Bolus) Kraenzl., Orchid. Gen. Sp. 1: 562 (1898).
Brachycorythis virginea (Bolus) Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 87 (1912).
Neobolusia virginea (Bolus) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 481 (1915).
A delicate glabrous herb, a span or more in height ; stem erect or decumbent, very slender, 2-leaved; lower leaf radical spreading ovate acute frequently undulate, 2,5-3,5 cm. long, the upper remote linear acuminate much shorter: raceme laxly 3-6-11., bracts lanceolate, about as long as the ovary; flowers suberect, about 1 cm. long; sepals spreading, the lateral oblong acute, the odd one a little wider; petals ovate, obliquely narrowed to the base, incurved, about half as long as the sepals; lip spreading, clawed at base, the claw concave gibbous adnate to the column, limb ovate acute entire, or sometimes with a small tooth on each side just beyond the middle, shorter than the sepals, about 4-5 mm, long; anther broadly ovate, pollinia spheroidal, with separated naked glands ; stigma rather large, horse-shoe-shaped, depressed, margined except at the top by the claw of the lip ; ovary cylindrical. Colour of the sepals pure white, petals pink, lip white with pink edges and a central green nerve; the cavity of the claw green, the outer and under surface of the gibbous base marked by two round green spots.
In grassy ledges and in rock crevasses in full sun at elevations of 1500 to 3100 meters.
Flowering from October to January.
Colour of the sepals pure white, petals pink, lip white with pink edges and a central green nerve; the cavity of the claw green, the outer and under surface of the gibbous base marked by two round green spots.
S. Africa (Drakensberg)
Orchids of Southern Africa by H. P. Linder; H. Kurzweil Published by A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam (1999); Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982
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