Bonatea boltonii [Harv.] Bolus 1882 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Common Name Boulton's Bonatea [English Officer and Plant collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in East Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in open sunny grasslands often rocky at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a slender, small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with green to greyish green, elliptic, acute, cauline leaves the blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, fairly densely 4 to 10 flowered, racemose inflorescence with green at blooming floral bracts.

Often cited as a synonym of B speciosa but if this determination is correct [which it is] then it is obvious that they are 2 different species.

Synonyms *Habenaria boltonii Harv. 1860; Habenaria bonatea var. boltonii (Harv.) Bolus 1911

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;