Habenaria anaphysema Rchb.f. 1867 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl. 1892

Collection Sheet Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

FragranceFull sun warmcold LATERSpring EARLIER Summer

Common Name The ? Habenaria

Flower Size .55" [1.4 cm]

Found in Sierra Leone?, Central African Republic, Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in swamps and seasonally flooded grasslands at elevations of 600 to 2100 meters as a slender, warm to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, densely tomentose to nearly glabrous tubers giving rise to an erect slender, leafy throughout stem carrying 6 to 12, more or less erect, narrowly linear to linear, becoming smaller, adpressed and lanceolate up the stem leaves that blooms in the later spring and earlier summer on an erect, 2 to 9.2" [5 to 23 cm] long, rather loosely to densely 8 to 24 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, rather chaffy bracts that are shorter than the ovary and carrying half-spreading, sometimes nocturnally fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Bilabrella anaphysema (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; West African Lilies and Orchids Morton 1961 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Orchids of the Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bilabrella anaphysema drawing ok