Habenaria cultrata A.Rich. 1850 SECTION Cultratae Kraenzl. TYPE for the section

Plant and Flowers in situ Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

partial sun Cool Cold summer EARLYfall

Common Name The Knife-Shaped Leaf Habenaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Yemen and Oman in grasslands near permanent water or in shade of bushes amongst rocks at elevations of 1700 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, slender, leafy throughout stem carrying 5 to 9, the middlemost, narrowly elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, the lowermost smaller and bract-like, uppermost decreasing smaller leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on an erect, 4 to 6.4" [10 to 16 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate to oblanceolate, shorter than the ovaries floral bracts and carrying sometimes cleistogamous flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb and Rasmussen 2004 photo fide