Habenaria cataphysema Rchb.f. 1867 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl.

Drawing by Williamson

Collection sheet and Drawing TYPE Collection Sheet by Renz and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part shade Cool WinterSpring

Common Name The ? Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Angola and Zambia in damp marshy places at elevations of 1250 to 1800 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with globose to ovoid tubers giving rise to an erect, rather stout, glabrous, leafy stem carrying 7 to 9, linear-lanceolate, acute, slightly deflexed from the stem, decreasing in size up the stem leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, erect, 4.4 to 9.2" [11 to 23 cm] long, fairly densely many flowered inflorescence with glabrous floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora of Zambia Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchenko etal 2010 as Bilabrella cataphysema drawing fide;