Habenaria anguiceps Bolus 1889 SECTION Chlorinae

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa Photos by Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrant Full sun Cold LATERSpring EARLIER Summer

Common Name The Snake Head Habenaria [perhaps refers to the dorsal sepal]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in sour rocky grasslands at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with several, large, ovoid-oblong tubers giving rise to a robust, leafy stem carrying sessile, oblong-lanceolate, fleshy, cauline, acuminate leaves grading smaller towards the apex that blooms in the later spring and earlier summer on an erect, 3" [7.5 cm] long, usually densely 25 to 50 flowered inflorescence carrying sweetly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria readei Harv. ex Rolfe 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ok; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 1 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photos fide