Habenaria cavatibrachia Summerh. 1942 SECTION Multipartitae Drawing and Collection sheet by Mainwaring and The Kew Database Website

Fragrance Part Sun Cold Spring EARLIER Summer

Common Name The Hollow Branched Stigma Habenaria

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya in montane grasslands on rocky, grassy slopes at elevations of 2100 to 2700 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a rather slender, erect, loosely leafy stem carrying 4 to 7, lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, shortly acuminate, decreasing in size towards the apex leaves that blooms in the spring through earlier summer on a terminal, erect, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the flowers floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers.

Similar to H tricuris and H aethiopica but differs in the longer spur that is at least 4.4" [11 cm] instead of the 3.2" [8 cm] spur of the two mentioned.

Synonyms Kryptostoma cavatibrachia (Summerh.) Olszewski & Szlach. 2000; Ochyrorchis cavatibrachia (Summerh.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb and Rasmussen 2004 drawing fide;