Holothrix pentadactyla (Summerh.) Summerh. 1960

Photo by P J Cribb and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Five-Fingered Holothrix

Flower Size

Found in Kenya in upland grasslands and on open rocky ground at elevations of 2300 to 2900 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, basal, reniform, basally cordate, glabrous leaf that withers before blooming which occurs in the winter on an erect, terminal, glabrous, secund, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, aute to acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Deroemera pentadactyla Summerh. 1927

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo ok;