Bonatea antennifera Rolfe 1905 Photo by Botanical Gardens of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg

Fragrance Deep shade Partial shade Warm Fall

Common Name The Antenna Bonatea

Flower Size

Found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal at elevations of 400 to 800 meters always under trees and shrubs in leaf litter as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a leafy stem carrying ovate, acute, blue green to grey green leaves that are present at blooming which occurs in the fall on an erect, terminal, fairly densely 10 to 30 flowered inflorescence and carrying intensely sweet, nocturnally scented flowers

Synonyms Bonatea speciosa var. antennifera (Rolfe) Sommerville 1982; Habenaria antennifera (Rolfe) Schltr.1915; Habenaria macrorchis Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as B speciosa var antennifera photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 1 1991 as B speciosa photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 drawing good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide;