Amathole, means 'calves' in isiXhosa (i.e. the foothills of the Drakensberg). The Amatola Mountains form part of the southern portion of the Great Escarpment, rising over 1,800 metres above sea level. jIt includes the mountains of the Hogsback and the Amatola hikingt trail.
From the Latin affinis meaning ‘related to’, 'near to', 'resembling' or 'neigbouring'
From the Latin ‘aculeata’ / ‘aculeatus’ meaning ‘prickly’
Rhizomatous geophyte to 25 cm. Leaves partly or fully developed at flowering, linear-lanceolate, pleated. Flowers few to many in a dense raceme, dull ivory to white, tepals scarcely spreading, median sepal oblong, 6--16 mm long, lip crests of ridges and lamellate papillae, spur absent. Nov.--Jan. Fynbos and grassland, SW, AP, LB, SE (Cape Peninsula to Mpumalanga).