Threatened Plant Species – Huttonaea woodii

ORCHIDACEAE Huttonaea woodii Schltr. [Vulnerable]

Huttonaea woodii II

This beautiful upright orchid is up to 300 mm tall, with a strong straight stem and two leaves. It is known from grassland on two farms in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and in Giants Castle Game Reserve. Leaves directly attached, clasping the stem up to 50 mm long. Flowers small, pale green or whitish, Petal heavily marked with reddish-purple. It is said to flower in February. Threats to this species are habitat transformation due to agriculture and forestry plantations in the Midlands.

Photograph caption: CREW

If you have seen this plant, please contact Suvarna Parbhoo, CREW programme: KZN Node Manager


LINDER H.P & KURZWEIL H. 1999. Orchids of Southern Africa: 297. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Von Staden, L. & Victor, J.E 2006. Huttonaea woodii Schltr. National Assessment: Red List of South Africa Plants version 2014. 1. Accessed on 2015/01/13

3 thoughts on “Threatened Plant Species – Huttonaea woodii

  1. David Clulow

    A most beautiful, aristocratic and particularly lovely plant – an artistic wonder of nature………………. could not do better to cheer up one’s day with a picture to enjoy and through which to absorb its stunning floral inpact


  2. Lyn

    Hello. I’ve just started following your blog- thanks for all the beautiful flower pics. I’m collecting photos of wildflowers in our area- Richards Bay-St Lucia. I have a photo I was wondering if someone there coluld identify for me, please? How do I send it to you? Many thanks.



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