Habenaria argentea P.J.Cribb 1977 SECTION Macrurae Kraenzl. 1892 Drawing by Williamson

Part shade Cool LATER to LATE Spring

Common Name The Silvery Habenaria [refers to the silvery hairs on the ovary]

Flower Size

Found in Zambia in swampy grasslands at elevations of 1170 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, leafy stem carrying 6 to 7, the lowermost 2 sheathing, the next 2 suberect, narrowly lanceolate, the upper grading to bract-like leaves that blooms in the later to late spring on an erect, terminal, 2 to 6.4" [5 to 16 cm] long, racemose to sub-umbellate, 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence with a silvery papillose ovary and carrying white flowers.

Synonyms Macrura argentea (P.J.Cribb) Szlach. & Sawicka 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Habenaria sp #31 pg 51 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998