Scientific Name
Orthochilus aculeatus (L.f.) Bytebier subsp. aculeatus
Higher Classification
Cymbidium aculeatum (L.f.) Sw., Cymbidium pedicellatum (L.f.) Sw., Cymbidium plicatum Harv. ex Lindl., Cyrtopera pedicellata (L.f.) Lindl., Epidendrum aculeatum (L.f.) Poir., Eulophia aculeata (L.f.) Spreng., Eulophia capensis in sense of Bolus (1911), Eulophia culveri Schltr., Eulophia pedicellata (L.f.) Spreng., Satyrium aculeatum L.f., Satyrium pedicellatum L.f., Serapias aculeata (L.f.) Thunb., Serapias pedicellata (L.f.) Thunb.
Common Names
Lekholela (ss), 'mametsana (ss)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
W. Foden & L. Potter
This taxon was not selected in any one of four screening processes for highlighting potential taxa of conservation concern for detailed assessment and was hence given an automated status of Least Concern. The Threatened Species Programme is currently systematically completing full assessments for all taxa with an automated status. If you disagree with this taxon's status, please contact the Threatened Species Programme at the link below.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Orthochilus aculeatus (L.f.) Bytebier subsp. aculeatus Least Concern 2015.1
Eulophia aculeata (L.f.) Spreng. subsp. aculeata Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Martos, F., Johnson, S.D., Peter, C.I. and Bytebier, B. 2014. A molecular phylogeny reveals paraphyly of the large genus Eulophia (Orchidaceae): A case for the reinstatement of Orthochilus. Taxon 63(1):9-23.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Orthochilus aculeatus (L.f.) Bytebier subsp. aculeatus. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/07/15

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