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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Northern Prov.

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb 23–35.5 cm tall, glabrous except for the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers c. 25 × 17 mm, ovoid, villous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2, appressed to ground, up to 3 × 4 cm, reniform, glabrous, fleshy, usually withered at flowering time.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape glabrous, pinkish, with several bract-like leaves up to 1 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 5–18 cm long, laxly 5–18-flowered, flowers secund; ovary 7–10 mm long, arched; bracts 6 × 2 mm, ovate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals green, 3.2–4.2 × 1.9–2.2 mm, ovate, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, 12.5–15 mm long, fimbriately divided to over halfway into 9–13 very slender, tapering lobes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 15–18 mm long, fimbriately c. 15-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur 4.5–6.5 mm long, lightly incurved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther 2.3 mm high.

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb 8–35 cm. high.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ellipsoid, 1–2 cm. long, 0.5–1 cm. in diameter, shortly tomentose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2, basal, reniform, up to 3 cm. long and 4 cm. broad, fleshy, glabrous, withered at time of flowering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape erect, with 1 or 2 papery sheaths at the base and 3–6 lanceolate acuminate sheaths scattered along its length, pubescent near the base, glabrous above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence to 12 cm. long, rather laxly 5–18-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals oblong-lanceolate or broadly lanceolate, the laterals oblique, shortly acuminate or apiculate, 3–4.5 mm. long, 1-nerved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals fan-shaped in outline, 10–13 mm. long, the upper half or more divided into 9–13 thread-like lobes 6.5–8.5 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip narrowly fan-shaped from a narrow base, a little longer than the petals, the upper half divided into 9–15 thread-like lobes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur much incurved at the apex, tapering from a broad base, 4.5–6.5 mm. long.
Habitat
Stony volcanic slopes; 1950 m.
Distribution
T2

Native to:

Kenya, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Holothrix randii Rendle appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 12, 1959 Reck, S. [1003], South Africa K000415466 Unknown type material

First published in J. Bot. 37: 208 (1899)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Rendle in Journal of Botany 37: 208 (1899).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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