Habenaria macrura Kraenzl. 1893 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl.

Plant and Flowers in situ Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

FragrancePart sun Cool Cold LATESpringSummer

Common Name The Long Spurred Habenaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Gabon, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Zaire, Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in montane grasslands at elevations of 1200 to 2400 meters as a small to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to almost globose, tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2 basal, adpressed to the ground, ovate to almost orbicular, acute, slightly cordate basally leaves and then a 5 to 6 rather loosely sheath-like leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, laxly 1 to 11 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying flowers with a spicy carnation fragrance.

Synonyms Arachnaria macrura (Kraenzl.) Szlach. 2003; Habenaria pentaglossa Kraenzl. 1902

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/photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Orchids of the Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; Flore du Gabon Vol 36 Szlachetko etal 2004 drawing ok; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Arachnaria macrura drawing fide;