Holothrix randii Rendle 1899 Photo by Douglas McMurtry and Afriorchids Flickr Website


Common Name Rand's Holothrix [Original Collector of species 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Transvaal South Africa on rocky ledges in grasslands, volcanic slopes at elevations of 1200 to 1950 meters as a mini-miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, shortly tomentose tubers giving rise to 2, basal, reniform, fleshy, glabrous, withered at blooming leaves that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on an erect, terminal, pubescent below, glabrous above, rachis to 4.8" [12 cm] long, rather laxly 5 to 18 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2 papery basal sheaths and 3 to 6, lanceolate, acuminate sheaths above and carrying lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Holothrix reckii Bolus 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East AfricaOrchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Wild Orchid Of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schlepe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide;