Neobolusia stolzii Schltr.
var. glabripetala Summerh.

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 18–65 cm tall, growing from pherical or ellipsoid tubers c. 10 mm long. Leaves 3–6, lanceolate, 5–13.5 cm long, decreasing in size up the stem. Inflorescence laxly 2–12-flowered; sepals and petals yellow-green, lip dull maroon with a white or greenish margin. Dorsal sepal lanceolate to ovate, 6–11 mm long, projecting over the column; lateral sepals spreading, oblique, slightly longer than dorsal sepal. Petals lanceolate, 4–9 mm long. Lip oblong-spathulate, 5–9 mm long, entire, convex with a large hairy callus in the lower centre.
Notes: Var. stolzii occurs in Malawi and the Nyika area in Zambia. It differs in having ciliate margins on the petals.
Derivation of specific name: stolzii: after Adolf Ferdinand Stolz (1871-1917), German missionary and plant collector in Angola and Malawi.
glabripetala: glabrous petals, referring to the petals lacking ciliate margins in this variety.
Habitat: Damp montane grassland, among rocks on seepage slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1800 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Nyangani in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 67. As Neobolusia stolzii

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 167.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 84. As Neobolusia stolzii

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 28.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 129.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 97.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1962). African orchids XXVIII Kew Bulletin 16(2) Pages 255 - 257. Protologue of this variety

Other sources of information about Neobolusia stolzii var. glabripetala:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Neobolusia stolzii
African Plant Database: Neobolusia stolzii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Neobolusia stolzii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Neobolusia stolzii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Neobolusia stolzii
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iNaturalist: Neobolusia stolzii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Neobolusia stolzii
JSTOR Plant Science: Neobolusia stolzii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Neobolusia stolzii
Plants of the World Online: Neobolusia stolzii
Tropicos: Neobolusia stolzii
Wikipedia: Neobolusia stolzii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Neobolusia stolzii var. glabripetala., retrieved 22 May 2024

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