African Plant Database

Schizochilus lepidus Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 14: 130 (1960)
Information on the genus : Schizochilus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial slender herb 15-25 cm tall, glabrous; stem leafy with 2 hyaline basal sheaths to 3 cm long, and 8-12 scattered leaves, the lower 2-5 ± erect, oblanceolate, 3-8x2 cm, the remaining ones bract-like, sheathing; inflorescence cylindrical, 2-8x1-1,5 cm, 20-30-flowered; flowers yellow, c. 5 mm Ø; bracts lanceolate, shorter than flowers; pedicel and ovary 5-7 mm long; sepals ± equal, lanceolate, 4-7 mm long; petals ovate-rhomboid, 2-4 mm long; lip lanceolate, 4-7x2 mm, apex 3-lobed; spur subclavate, 1-2 mm long.
Ecology : Grassland; “in tussocky rocky ground on summit ridge” (Kew Bull. 14: 131, 1960).
  Very close to the S. African S. zeyheri Sond. (very variable species) which has a longer spur.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 157 (1995).
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