Ceratandra harveyana Lindl. 1838

Photo by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website


Common Name Harvey's Ceratandra

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found only in southwestern Cape Province, South Africa in fynbos in sandy, wet soils and flower only after a fire sweeps the grassland at elevations of 50 to 650 meters as a slender, small sized, cold growing terrestrial with linear to narrowly lanceolate leaves and blooms in the spring on an erect, to 2" [5 cm] long, laxly to fairly dense, few flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers smelling of soap.

Synonyms Ceratandra affinis Sond. 1846; Evota affinis (Sond.) Rolfe 1913; Evota harveyana (Lindl.) Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Evota harvertyana photo ; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide;