Habenaria leucotricha Schltr. 1915 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl. Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name The White Haired Habenaria

Flower Size .85" [2.2 cm cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in woodlands often on rocky soils at elevations of 900 to 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, tomentose tubers giving rise to a hairy stem with a single basal, adpressed to the ground, cordate, silvery green with dark green veining, the upper surface covered with scattered hairs and 2 to 3 bract like leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 1.2 to 4" [3 to 10 cm] long, densely 3 to 12 flowered inflorescence with whitish green, densely hairy floral bracts and carrying suberect flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria leucotricha var. recticalcar la Croix 1993; Pseudohemipilia leucotricha (Schltr.) Szlach. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing good; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998;