Holothrix longiflora Rolfe 1889

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FragranceFull shade Cool Cold Winter

Common Name The Long Flowered Holothrix

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Tanzania. Angola, Malawi and Zambia at elevations of 1200 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial in Brachystegia woodland or among rocks in grasslands with ovoid to ellipsoid, densely tometose tubers giving rise to 2, basal, the lower broadly ovate to reniform, the upper smaller, ovate to transversely elliptical, both very sparsely hairy on the upper surface, glabrous beneath leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, rather stout, with numerous, long, weak hairs and a few lanceolate, acute bracts on the upper part, more or less secund, to 5" [12.5 cm] long, rather laxly to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary, densely hairy floral bracts and carries strongly and sweetly scented flowers

Synonyms Holothrix lastii Rolfe 1898; Holothrix medusa Kraenzl. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968 Drawing fide; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing good/fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing good;