Habenaria leucoceras Schltr. 1915 SECTION Replicatae

Photo by Eric la Croix


Drawing by Williamson

Part shade Cold Summer

Common Name The White Horned Habenaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in wet upland grasslands at elevations of 2000 to 2550 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to ovoid, sparsely tomentose tubers giving rise to a rather stout, erect, leafy throughout stem carrying 9 to 11, lowermost 1 to 2 reduced to sheaths, the middle leaves erect to suberect, rather stiff, linear to very narrowly lanceolate, acute leaves the uppermost adpressed to the stem, imbricate, much smaller, lanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long, rather loosely 6 to 25 flowered inflorescence with thin, chaffy, lanceolate, acuminate, often longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying spreading, green to whitish green flowers.

Synonyms Bilabrella leucoceras (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaeceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora of Zambisiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 photo fide;