Habenaria bathiei Schltr. 1924

Photo by K Senghas and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz

type Drawing

Drawing by Schlechter and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz

Common Name Bathie's Habenaria [Perrier de Bathie, French Botanist in Madagascar 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in central and south eastern Madagascar in humid evergreen forests, highland savannahs and secondary grasslands at elevations around 800 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with 3 to 5 fusiform-elongate tubers giving rise to a glabrous, very densely leafy stem carrying many, flat upright, narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate-linear, acute leaves gradually grading into bracts up the stem that blooms in the summer on an erect, [to 6" [to 15 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence

Disagrees greatly to Cribb 2009 photo but is consistent with Schlechter's 1932 drawing. I defer to more references to make a better determination.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bluetenanalysen neuer Orchideen, III. Afrikanische und madegassische Orchideen R. Schlechter 1932 drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1936/81; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo not