AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Evotella carnosa (Lindl.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt, Strelitzia 29: 812 (2012).
Homotypic Names:
Pterygodium carnosum Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 367 (1839).
Corycium carnosum (Lindl.) Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5: 111 (1913).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Pterygodium patersoniae Schltr., Ann. Transvaal Mus. 10: 250 (1924).
Description:
An erect glabrous herb, black when dried, 15-35 cm. high; stem slender, straight or subflexuous, leafy; leaves erect, lanceolate or linear, acuminate, 5-15 cm. long ; spike oblong or cylindrical, densely many-flowered, the flowers erect; bracts herbaceous, ovate or lanceolate, acute or acuminate, exceeding the ovary; lateral sepals ascending, obliquely ovate-oblong, subacute or acuminate, 0,6 cm. long; odd sepal erect lanceolate subacute, as long as the lateral ones; petals erect, strongly concave, semi-orbicular, shortly acuminate, as long as the odd sepal, the mouth of the galea 0,6-0,7 cm. wide; limb of the lip spreading convex unguiculate, the blade transversely semi-elliptical, very obtuse or emarginate at the apex, the appendix galeate, obtusely rostrate; stigmas two distant tuberculate; column furnished at the base at the back with thick hyaline hairs. The petals are a light or dark purplish colour, the limb of the lip nearly white.
Habitat:
In fynbos from near sea level to 1500 meters often in seepage areas.
Phenology:
Flowering in the spring and early summer.
Distribution:
SW. & S. Cape Prov.
References:
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012
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Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
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Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
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permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.