Habenaria egregia Summerh. 1949 SECTION Multipartitae Kraenzl Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrance Part shade Cool LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Outstanding Habenaria

Flower Size 2.8" [7" cm]

Found in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Kenya in bushy meadows with rocky outcrops and in bamboo thickets in shade at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ovoid to ellipsoid, tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, stout leafy stem carrying sub-erect to spreading, ovate leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, laxly 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate floral bracts and carrying very large, showy, sweetly fragrant flowers

Synonyms Kryptostoma egregium (Summerh.) Szlach. 1995; Ochyrorchis egregia (Summerh.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart and Campbell 1996; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb and Rasmussen 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchetko etal 2010 as Ochyrorchis egregia drawing fide