Bonatea

Bonatea is a tuberous genus of nine species from the Orchidaceae family confined to Southern Africa. They are best grown in well-drained sandy mediums with organic matter in a shady location protected from the cold.


Bonatea speciosa is a species from the western Cape growing from 30-60 cm. It has many oval to oblong clasping shiny green leaves and a dense many flowered inflorescence of green and white flowers. The first photo was taken by Doug Westfall. The next two photos were taken in the bulb room at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden by Mary Sue Ittner. In the first the flowers are behind an amaryllid leaf.

Bonatea speciosa, Doug WestfallBonatea speciosa, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue IttnerBonatea speciosa, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

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