Habenaria distantiflora A.Rich. 1847 SECTION Chlorinae Kraenzl. Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

partial shade Cold summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Laxly Flowered Habenaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cameroon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Zaire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Yemen in upland grasslands among bracken at elevations of 2000 to 3800 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 4 to 7, very unequal, 1 to 2 basal, lanceolate-oblong, grading smaller above to bract-like leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on an erect, slender, to 6.4" [16 cm] long, rather lax, to 20 flowered inflorescence with longer than the flowers, black apically floral bracts carrying flowers in a single spiral row.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb and Rasmussen 2004