Holothrix scopularia (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1881

Plant as a lithophyte Photos by Cameron McMaster

Common Name The Brushy Holothrix [refers to the brush-like appearance of each flower]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.65 cm]

Found in East Cape, Lesotho, northeastern Orange Free State, Natal and east Transvaal South Africa in rocky grasslands at elevations of 1200 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial that has a pair of long, thin haired along the upper margin leaves that lie flat on the ground and give rise to a terminal erect, slender, to 13.2" [33 cm] long, inflorescence carrying densely many flowers and occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Holothrix multisecta Bolus 1889

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 as H multisecta photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;