Bartholina burmanniana plate
Bartholina burmanniana from Orchids of South-Africa, Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum, Vol.III

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchideae
SubTribe: Orchidinae
Genus: Bartholina
R. Br. 1813
Type Species
Bartholina exilis

Bartholina is a genus composed of two terrestrial growing orchid species.


This genus in distributed South Africa


Bartholina is also known as the "Spider Orchid". The common name comes from the array of fine feather-like petals that surround the flower resembling the legs of a spider.


Plants require moderate lighting and cool to cold temperatures. Plant should be grown in a sandy well drain mixture. Water regularly about every two to three when the potting media is just becoming dry. Reduce watering during the winter, when the plant goes dormant, until new leaves form in the spring.


This genus is named after seventeenth century Danish scientist Thomas Bartholin.

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