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There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 170 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


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Bonatea antennifera

Botanical name

Bonatea antennifera

Other names

Bonatea speciosa, var. antennifera 




Terrestrial orchid with green and white flowers, sometimes over 50 cm in height; dormant in winter

Description of stem

Erect light green flower stalk with decreasing leaf size upwards 

Description of leaves

Grey-green leaves that encircle the stem and taper to a sharp point, mildly undulating

Description of flowers

Green and white flowers on the single stem forms the atteactive inflorescence that sometimes topples when many flowers are produced; the top sepal is a pointed hood over the protruding other flower parts, dominated by two green, curved sepals, long white terete petals and a dangling lip

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots

Flat, elongated tuber


Seems to be very stable in form and appearance? 

Propagation and cultivation

Tuberoids can be planted in pots in a suitable orchid mix, 2 cm below the surface; water only during the growing season, about August when new growth appears; repot every 5 years; semi-shade




Garden plant 

Ecological rarity

Not threatened 

Pests and diseases

Little seems to affect the plants in habitat (observed in the Magaliesberg) 


Closely related to B. speciosa; there are over 20 species in the Bonatea genus, many of which occur in southern and tropical Africa 


Grows in semi-shade under trees and shrubs in drier environments, often in thorn savannah


Gauteng, Northwest, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape provinces


South Africa; Zimbabwe

Bonatea specioza var. antennifera : Photographed by Jack Latti

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