Bartholina ethelae Bolus 1884

Photo by Tyrone Genade

Common Name Ethel's Bartholina - Spider Orchid - Spinnekopblom

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.1 cm]

Found in South Africa in sandy places amongst scrub from sealevel to 1800 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with small subterranean tubers and a solitary, pilose leaf flattened to the ground giving rise to a basal, 4" [10 cm] long, erect, slender, pilose, single flowered inflorescence with a showy, hydra-like, resupinate becoming erect flower arising in the spring.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; An Introduction to the South African Orchids Schelpe 1966 Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1982; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel; Cribb & Laurent 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #3 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #2 2019 photo fide;