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 Vol 1 La Croix 1983 as B iridifolia subsp picea; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as B iridifolia susp picea drawing fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992; Orchids of Kenya Stwart & Campbell 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as B lebeliana; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006 drawing/photo good;