Bonatea volkensiana (Kraenzl.) Rolfe 1898 Collection sheet by P. R. O. Bally and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part sun Cool Cold LATER Spring

Common Name Volken's Bonatea

Flower Size

Found in southwestern Kenya and Tanzania in bush and rocky grasslands at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing terresrial with several, spreading, irregularily cylindrical to fusiform, tomentose tubers giving rise t oan erect, slender to rather stout, leafy throughout stem carrying 10 to 16, lowest 2 sheath-like, spreading to suberect, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acute, lower and upper smaller leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, cylindrical, 1.6 to 7.2" [4 to 18 cm] long, rather dense, 3 to 25 flowered inflorescence with thin, leafy, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green to green and white flowers.

Synonyms *Habenaria volkensiana Kraenzl. 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #4 1975; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell1996;