Habenaria malacophylla Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Pentaceras [Thou] Schlechter 1915

Plant In Situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Fragrance Full Shade Cool Cold LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Soft-Leafed Habenaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambiae, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cape, Natal and Transvaal South Africa, Oman and Yemen in upland rainforests and former forest grasslands at elevations of 1350 to 2700 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to ellipisoid more or less tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, slender to stout stem carrying, through the center of the stem, 10 to 18, spreading, rather soft, oblanceolate to ovate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, many flowered, 3.2 to 13.6" [8 to 34 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with nocturnal scented flowers

Synonyms Habenaria holstii Kraenzl. 1894; Habenaria malacophylla var. shabaensis Geerinck 1987; Habenaria polyantha Kraenzl. 1895; Habenaria pulla Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo ?; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing goof