Holothrix brongniartiana Rchb.f. 1881 Photo by Williamson

Another Plant in situ Photo courtesy of JSTOR Plant Science Website


Common Name Brongniart's Holothrix [Director of the Paris Botanical Garden 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in short upland grasslands often amongst rocks at elevations of 1200 to 3500 meters as a warm to cold growing terrestrial with 2, adpressed to the ground, reniform-orbicular, apiculate, glabrous, light green veined on dark velvety green above, slightly irregular red margined leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, to 4" [10 cm] long, pubescent, one to a few flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary, nearly glabrous bracts.

Synonyms Holothrix puberula Rendle 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968 as H puberula; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambeziaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae part 1 Pope 1995 sa H puberula; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 as H puberula;