Habenaria galpinii Bolus 1893 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl Photos by Lourens Grobler


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

fragrant Part sun Cool fall

Common Name Galpin's Habenaria [South African banker and Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe and Transvaal South Africa in wet soils over rocks at elevations of 1400 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with several, rather large, oblong tubers giving rise to a leafy erect stem carrying 4 to 7, upper mostly bract-like, lower close set near base and semi-erect, undulate margined leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, densely several to many flowered inflorescence carrying semi-erect, faintly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Bilabrella galpinii (Bolus) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003; Bilabrella incurva (Rolfe) Szlach. & Kras 2009; Habenaria incurva Rolfe 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe and Hall 1982; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide;