!Bolusiella maudiae (Bolus) Schltr. 1918

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Dr Schelpe

Part shadeCool TO WarmFallTHROUGHSpring

Common Name Maude's Bolusiella [Orchid Collector in South Africa 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambi and Zimbabwe as a mini-miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte in riverine forests and high rainfall woodlands usually on large branches at elevations of 550 to 1900 meters with a very short, woody stem carrying 4 to 8, sword-shaped, obtuse, very fleshy, light green, speckled dark green, laterally compressed, imbricate basally leaves held in a fan that blooms on 1 to 2, basal, 2" [5 cm] long, densly many flowered inflorescence carrying 2 ranked rows of flowers.

Synonyms *Angraecum maudae Bolus 1893; Bolusiella imbricata (Rolfe) Schltr. 1918; Listrostachys imbricata Rolfe 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Introduction to the South African Orchids Schelpe 1966; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as B imbicata photo ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as B imbricata drawing ok; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1987 genus only; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1982; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing ok; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 as B imbricata photo ok; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 drawing/photo good; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide