Habenaria insolita Summerh. 1962 SECTION Commelynifoliae KraenzlPhotos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part sun Cool Fall

Common Name The Uncommon Habenaria [refers to it's rarity in nature]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Tanzania and Malawi in long grass at edges of woodlands at elevations of 1800 to 1900 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with about 10, lower 2 to 3 sheathing, upper 3 bract-like the rest erect, broadly lanceolate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the early fall on an erect, 4.8 to 7.2" [12 to 18 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with prominent, longer than the flower, lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Trachypetalum insolitum (Summerh.) Szlach. & Sawicka 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1995;