Bolusiella iridifolia (Rolfe) Schltr. 1918. Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant in situ in Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part shade WarmColdSpring

Common Name The Iris Like Bolusiella

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganada, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Comoros Islands on twigs and branches at elevations of 950 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphye with a short, erect stem carrying 4 to 10, arranged in a fan shape, tapering from base to apex, deep "V" groove on the upper surface, rigid, rather fleshy, glabrous leaves that blooms in the spring on a longer than the 2" leaves, many flowered, slender, racemose, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long inflorescence with brown small bracts.

Synonyms Bolusiella iridifolia subsp. picea P.J.Cribb 1977; Bolusiella lebeliana Delp. & Geerinck 1998; *Listrostachys iridifolia Rolfe 1897

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo ok; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983; Die Orchideen lieferung 16/17/18 Brieger etal 1986; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 drawing/photo good;