Holothrix villosa Lindl. 1836

Plant and Flowers insitu Table Mountain South Africa Photos by Cameron McMaster

Full shade Cool LATEWinterTHROUGH Spring

Common Name The Hirsute Holothrix - Wollie

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Zimbabwe, Cape Province South Africa and Reunion on grassy slopes at elevations of sealevel to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with ovoid, villous tubers giving rise to an erect, sheathless scape with 2, adpressed to the ground, cordate, pilose above leaves that blooms usually without leaves in the late winter through spring on an erect, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long, spreading hairy, fairly densely many [30 to 50] flowered inflorescence with secund, non-resupinate [most often] flowers

Synonyms Holothrix condensata Sond.1846; Holothrix villosa subsp. chimanimaniensis G.Will. 1990; Holothrix villosa var. condensata (Sond.) Immelman 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide

Holothrix villosa var. condensata (Sond.) Immelman 1981 Photo by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

A variety of the previous species

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide;

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