Bonatea speciosa plate
Bonatea speciosa plate from
A Century of Orchidaceous Plants

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchideae
SubTribe: Orchidinae
Genus: Bonatea
Willd. 1805
Type Species
Bonatea speciosa

Bonatea is a genus of around 17 species of terrestrial orchids


Plants are found from tropical Africa and North Yemen in areas of low elevation.


Plant has tuberous roots and a leafy stem which will wither away during winter season after flowering period. Plant goes dormant in the winter and grows again in the spring. Dorsal sepal is usually a hooded shape and lateral sepals are in a de-fluxed shape. Most species are uncommon in cultivation except Bonatea speciosa.


Plants are best grown in a well drain sandy mix. Usually sand and soil is used for the mix. Temperatures should be cool to intermediate. Water regularly during summer growing during season. Reduce watering during fall to winter to about once every two weeks and Keep the mix moist but not damp. During spring and winter seasons, keep the mix moist but not wet until a shoot emerges and then gradually change to watering once a week as summer approaches. Plant grows in full sun to medium light.


The genus was named after M. Bonat an Italian botanist.

Species Edit

The type species is Bonatea speciosa