Habenaria aberrans Schltr. 1915 SECTION Diphyllae Drawing by Schlechter and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name The Aberrant Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbawe in open woodlands in sand at elevations around 900 to 1250 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with ovoid to elliptic, densely tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, slender, terete, densely pubescent stem with a basal sheath and a 3 to 4 bract-like leaves scattered along its length and carrying adpressed to the soil, a broadly ovate to reniform to orbicular, basally cordate, apiculate apically, glabrous with a few scattered hairs on top, densely ciliate on the edge, dark green mottled with white leaf that blooms in the summer on a .8 to 2.8" [2 to 7 cm] long, rachis pubescent, rather close set, 4 to 11 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, pubescent, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms Schlechterorchis aberrans (Schltr.) Szlach. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Summerhayes 1968; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part One Cribb & La Croix 1995;