Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Acrolophia lamellata
Common name - Brown Orchid
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Habitat Coastal sandy areas
Altitude Up to 400m
Flowering time Mainly October but up to December, seldom in the post-fire season
Description A robust plant up to 85cm tall. Leaves leathery often in a basal fan, keeled, margins finely toothed.
Inflorescence occasionally branched. Bracts often as long as the pedicels. Flowers are resupinate and have green to purplish-brown sepals and petals. The lip has 5-7 rows of papillae. The spur is slender to club-shaped.
The species name lamellata originates from the Latin lamelia meaning a thin plate of tissue or gill, and refers probably to the crests on the lip.
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