Bonatea polypodantha (Rchb.f.) L.Bolus 1928


Side View of Flowers Photos by Cameron McMasters

Fragrance Deep shade Partial shade cool LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Many Footed Bonatea

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal under trees and thickets in leaf litter often near streams or river banks at elevations of 550 to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 to 4, basal, elliptic leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, laxly 2 to 15 flowerred, racemose inflorescence carrying coconut scented flowers

Synonyms Bonatea insignis (Schltr.) Summerh.1952; Habenaria insignis Schltr. 1895; *Habenaria polypodantha Rchb.f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 67 Rchb.f 1881 as Habenaria polypodantha; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; 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;