Habenaria kassneriana Kraenzl. 1912 SECTION Ceratopetalae Kraenzl. 1892 Drawing by © Williamson

Fragrant Part shade Cool EARLIER Summer

Common Name Kassner's Habenaria

Flower Size 2 3/4" [7 cm] wide 6" [15 cm] long

Found in Zaire, Tanzania and Zambia in dambos and flooded grasslands at elevations 1140 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with an ovoid to globose, densely tomentose tuber giving rise to an erect, leafy stem carrying 6 to 8, lowermost sheath-like, the middle ones semi-erect to recurved, the largest ovate to lanceolate leaves that blooms in the earlier summer on a terminal, erect, 1.6 to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long, 6.2 to 6.8" [16 to 17 cm] wide, laxly 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with as long to shorter than the nearly horizontal ovary and pedicel, floral bracts and carrying night fragrant, spreading white to cream colored flowers

Synonyms Ceratopetalorchis kassneriana (Kraenzl.) Szlach., Górniak & Tukallo 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Habenaria sp #55 pg 58 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998