Habenaria laevigata Lindl. 1840 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo by Cameron McMaster

Full shade Cool Cold Summer

Common Name The Smooth Habenaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province Natal, Orange Free state and Transvaal South Africa in well drained montane grasslands at elevations of 700 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with numerous, elliptic, acute, basally stem clasping, cauline leaves that blooms in the summer on a fairly dense, 12 to 30 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Habenaria ornithopoda Rchb.f 1847

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;