Habenaria ichneumonea (Sw.) Lindl. 1835 SECTION Replicatae

Photo by Dan & Raymond and their Native Orchid Flickr Photo WebSite

partial shade Cool Spring Summer

Common Name The Ichneumon Fly-Like Habenaria [An African Fly]

Flower Size

Found in Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe and Botswana in boggy grasslands at elevations of 1350 to 1550 meters as a small to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to ovoid tubers giving rise to a leafy stem carrying 5 to 12, lowermost sheathing, the next few erect to suberect, narrowly linear leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 2.4 to 8.8" [6 to 22 cm] long, laxly to fairly dense, few to many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

The collection sheet above shows, at the bottom but it is wrong as it is a much smaller different flower and then above that it says, H pedicellaris which is now considered to be a synonym of H ichneumonea, so this collection sheet does show the real H ichneumonea

Synonyms Bilabrella ichneumonea (Sw.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003; Bilabrella pedicellaris (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kras 2009; Habenaria pedicellaris Rchb.f. 1881; *Orchis ichneumonea Sw. 1805

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part I Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing good; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 as H pedicellaris; Orchids of the Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1996; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 drawing fide; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demisseu, Cribb and Rassmussen 2004 drawing ok; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bilabrella genuflexa drawing fide