Holothrix aphylla (Forssk.) Rchb.f. 1881 Photo by F N Hepper and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing Drawing by Geerink


Common Name The Leafless Holothrix

Flower Size

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Yemen in grasslands with scattered acacia and upland grasslands at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with that blooms in the winter and earlier spring on an erect, terminal, more or less secund, laxly many flowered inflorescence with numerous lanceolate, acuminate, lowermost imbricate sheaths and with lanceoalte, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Deroemera acuminata Rendle & Schltr. 1895; Deroemera aphylla (Forssk.) Schltr. & Rendle 1895; Deroemera calva (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1915; Deroemera ledermannii (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1915; Habenaria aphylla (Forssk.) R.Br. ex Spreng. 1826; Holothrix calva Kraenzl. 1912; Holothrix ledermannii Kraenzl. 1912; *Orchis aphylla Forssk. 1775; Platanthera aphylla (Forssk.) Lindl. 1835

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Deroemeria triloba; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids 2004;