Bonatea porrecta (Bolus) Summerh. 1949

Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

Partial sun Hot Cool LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Extended Bonatea [refers to the lower outstretched petals]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in open grasslands at elevations of 150 to 1800 meters as a small to large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with cylindrical, wooly tubers giving rise to an erect leafy stem carrying many, narrowly oblong, withering by flowering time leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, 8 to 24" [20 to 60 cm] long, erect, densely several to many [9 to 30] flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Habenaria porrecta Bolus 1889

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ASO Bulletin Vol 47 No 11 1978 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation LaCroix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;