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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

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General Description

Distribution map of Diplomeris. Slender herbs with testicular tubers, growing more or less horizontally out of rock crevasses in cliffs. Leaves: basal leaf solitary, ovate-lanceolate, acute; much smaller cauline leaf usually present. Inflorescence a head-like cluster with few flowers, somewhat nodding; bracts green, slightly longer than the ovaries, acute. Sepals subequal, elliptic, acute, somewhat concave. Petals free from the column, less than half as long as the sepals, ovate, obtuse, folded over the column, concave. Labellum pandurate, with shallowly concave hypochile with a callus and flat triangular epichile with minute side lobes. Column with the anther reflexed at an angle of approximately 45°, thecae two, parallel and adjacent; pollinia sectile, viscidia two; lateral appendages small; rostellum three- lobed with small central lobe between the thecae, with globose, ebursiculate viscidia; stigma shallowly concave, with an entire or bilobed process. (HK, PL).

Distribution

A monospecific genus, widespread in the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and Lesotho. (HK, PL).

Ecology

Dracomonticola virginea is generally found above 2500 m. It tends to occur on south-facing rock ledges on basalt, forming cool, shady habitats. The plants are frequendy common or densely clustered in these habitats. Flowering time is early summer. (HK, PL).

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho

Dracomonticola H.P.Linder & Kurzweil appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Willdenowia 25: 229 (1995)

Accepted by

  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2001). Orchidoideae (Part 1) Genera Orchidacearum 2: 1-416. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Neobolusia.]

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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