!Huttonaea pulchra Harv. 1863 Photo by Lourens Grobler


Photo courtesy of Dr Schelpe


Common Name The Beautiful Huttonaea

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found only in eastern South Africa at elevations 1000 to 1800 meters in forest patches on steep, southwestern slopes with a summer rainfall season in deep shade as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with an erect stem carrying 2, the lower larger, cordate, elliptic, the upper smaller, spreading, soft, petiolate base entirely sheathing leaves that blooms in the late summer on a terminal, erect, laxly, 6 to 20 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; An Introduction to the South African Orchids Schelpe 1966; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ok; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing fide/photo good; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photo;