Schizochilus lepidus Summerh. 1960 Photo by B Jongeling

Partial sun Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Beautiful Schizochilus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique in montane grasslands at elevations above 2000 meters as a slender, small sized, cold growing terrestrial with 8 to 12, scattered on the stem the lower 2 to 5, semi-erect, narowly oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute, the upper more or less sheathing leaves that blooms in the spring through summer on a semi-dense, erect then nodding, .8 to 3.2" [2 to 8 cm] long, 20 to 30 flowered inflorescence

Very similar to the variable S zeyheri from which it can be separated by the short, sub-clavate spur


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambeziaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae part 1 Pope 1995;