!Dracomonticola virginea (Bolus) H.P.Linder & Kurzweil 1995

Inflorescence in situ South Africa Photos by Cameron & Rhoda McMaster and their African Bulbs - South African Orchid Page

Full sun Cool Cold SpringEARLYsummer

Common Name The White Dracomonticola

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Lesotho, Natal and Orange Free State in grassy ledges and in rock crevasses in full sun at elevations of 1500 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a solitary, basal, elliptic leaf and a much smaller one up the stem that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, to 10" [25 cm] long, laxly [1] 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Brachycorythis virginea (Bolus) Rolfe 1912; Gymnadenia virginea (Bolus) Kraenzl. 1898; Neobolusia virginea (Bolus) Schltr. 1915; *Platanthera virginea Bolus 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Neobolusia virginea photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 drawing good; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide;

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