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Species Information

Neobolusia tysonii (Bolus) Schltr.
(name current 2016)


Growth form: Herb
Southern African Endemic
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one locality
Other uses
Illegal trade

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Distribution: Forbes Reef Wide distribution in South Africa from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. Small cross border distribution in Swaziland.

Regional distribution:
Wide distribution in South Africa from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga, Lesotho.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Neobolusia tysonii - Soft underground tuber. Slender, hairless, up to 45 cm high. Two relatively large soft flat leaves near base of stern, c 7 cm long X 1 cm wide; stem-leaves few, much smaller, widely spaced, grading into bracts. Axis wavy. Bracts erect, those at middle of raceme c 13 mm long, tapering to fine point. Flowers standing out from axis; perianth segments c 7 mm long except for lip which is slightly longer, not lobed, its base boat-shaped, end much wider, flat. Sepals brownish, spreading; petals white; side petals arched behind column. No spur or pouch.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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Stewart, J., H.P. Linder, E.A. Schelpe, A.V. Hall. 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg.