Schizochilus flexuosus Harv. ex Rolfe 1912 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo by Cameron McMaster

FragrancePartial shade Cold LATESpring Summer

Common Name The Flexuous Schizochilus [refers to the bent to nodding inflorescence]

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa as well as Lesotho in damp montane grasslands in shallow soil over bedrock at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 6 to 11, radical leaves as well as upper 4 to 6, glabrous cauline leaves that blooms in the summer on a subcapitate, 5 to 30 flowered inflorescence and carrying mild sweet but unpleasant scented flwoers

Synonyms Schizochilus baurii Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus pulchellus Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;