Habenaria holubii Rolfe 1898 SECTION Ceratopetalae Kraenzl

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

Fragrance Part sun Warm Cool Summer

Common Name Holub's Habenaria [Austrian Explorer in Southern Africa 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Guinea, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Zaire, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namimbia in grasslands, woodlands and dambos at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a small to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an ovoid to ellipsoid tuber giving rise to a leafy erect stem carrying 7 to 11, lowermost 1 to 2 mostly sheathing, the middle suberect, ovate to lanceolate, the uppermost grading into bract-like leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, laxly to fairly densely few to several flowered inflorescence and carrying often sweetly scented flowers

Synonyms Ceratopetalorchis holubii (Rolfe) Szlach., Górniak & Tukallo 2003; Habenaria brevilabris Kraenzl. 1914; Habenaria hennigiana Schltr.1915; Habenaria rhopaloceras Schltr. 1903; Habenaria valida Schltr.1906;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Orchids of the Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1995 photo good; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Ceratopetalorchis holubii drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #3 2012 photo fide;