Acrolophia lunata (Schltr.) Schltr. & Bolus 1894

Photo by P Linder and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Common Name The Moon-Shaped Acrolophia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province South Africa in fynbos in sand at elevations of sea-level to 750 meters as a fairly robust, large sized, cold growing terrestrial that flowers in the spring [November to December] in situ and has a tuft of ridgid, erect leaves and numerous, long, thick , fleshy roots and blooms on an erect, unbranched, to 36" [90 cm] long, terminal, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Acrolophia barbata H.P.Linder1988; *Eulophia lunata Schltr.1893; Limodorum barbatum Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Introduction to the South African Orchids Schelpe 1966; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 as A barbata photo fide;