!Schizochilus zeyheri Sond. 1846

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa Photos by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in Situ Photo by Cameron McMaster

FragrancePartial sun Cold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name Zeyher's Schizochilus [German Botanical collector 1800's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa as well as Swaziland in wet grasslands at elevations of sealevel to 2200 meters as a miniature to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with cauline leaves grading into floral bracts above that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, rarely dense, to 30 flowered inflorescence carrying strongly sweet vanilla scented flowers.

Synonyms Brachycorythis zeyheri (Sond.) Rchb.f. 1867; Gymnadenia zeyheri (Sond.) Kraenzl. 1898; Platanthera zeyheri (Sond.) Schltr. 1895; Schizochilus bolusii Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus caffrus Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus clavatus Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus grandiflorus Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus grandiflorus var. crenulatus Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus huttonae Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus rehmannii Rolfe 1912; Schizochilus rudatisii Schltr. 1921; Schizochilus sandersonii Harv. ex Rolfe 1912; Schizochilus strictus Rolfe 1912; Schizochilus trilobus Rolfe 1912; Schizochilus woodii Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fdie; 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;