Habenaria laevigata Lindl. 1840 SECTION Chlorinae Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo by Cameron McMaster

Fragrance Full shade 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 small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with numerous, elliptic, acute, cauline, basally stem clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on a fairly dense, 12 to 30 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate longre than the flowers floral bracts and carrying, faintly sweetly fragrant, green flowers with yellowish green petals and lip

Synonyms Habenaria ornithopoda Rchb.f 1847

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Introdution tothe South African Orchids Schelpe 1966 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 1 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide;