What’s flowering – Holothrix schlechteriana

This photos was taken by Heiner Lutzeyer on Grootbos today. It is the delicate ground orchid, Holothrix schlechteriana. Not much is known about the ecology or pollination biology of this genus but it is characterised by being drought resistant. Holothrix schlechteriana grows in isolated, small populations from Namaqualand to the Eastern Cape. It has green sepals and petals. The petals have 4-9 thread-like lobes and the lip is spurred and divided into 5-11 thread like lobes. It flowers from October to February and grows on sandstone soils.

Holothrix schlechteriana flowering on Grootbos Nature Reserve

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