Habenaria keniensis Summerh. 1942 SECTION Multipartitae Kraenzl. Photo by Hermann Meyer

Drawing Collection sheet and Drawing by Renz and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part shade Cold LATER Spring Summer

Common Name The Kenia Habenaria [refers to Mt Kenya]

Flower Size

Found around Mt Kenya in Kenya in open woodlands and upland rainforest edges at elavtions around 1950 to 2650 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrrestrial with ovoid to ellpsoid, wooly tubers giving rise to an erect, rather stout, leafy stem carrying all along the stem, 5 to 7, lowermost 1 to 2, sheath like, the rest lanceolate to elliptic lanceolate, acuminate, decreasing in size up the stem, the uppermost becoming bract-like leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, terminal, 4 to 10.8" [10 to 27 cm] long, rather lax to subdensely 6 to 32 flowered inflorescence with leaf-like, lanceolate, acuminate, as long or longer than the flowers floral bracts and carrying suberect, green and white flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 10 1968 photo fide; Flora of East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide;