Habenaria laurentii De Wild. 1904 SECTION Ceratopetalae Kraenzl

Photo by © Francisco Perez-Vera

Plant in situ

Photo courtesy of © Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part shade CoolLATESpring Summer

Common Name Laurent's Habenaria [Belgian Orchid Collector in Belgian Congo [Zaire]]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Mali, Senegal, Benin, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Zaire, Congo, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in woodlands and thickets at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a small to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to ovoid tubers giving rise to a leafy stem carrying 6 to 15, lowermost 1 to 2, reduced to funnel-shaped sheathing, the middle spreading ovate, acute the upper grading into bract-like leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, 2.4 to 12" [6 to 30 cm] long, fairly laxly, 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ceratopetalorchis laurentii (De Wild.) Szlach., Górniak & Tukallo 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo not = H gonatosiphon; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Orchids of the Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1995; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Ceratopetalorchis laurentii drawing fide