Habenaria mirabilis Rolfe 1898 SECTION Macrurae Drawing by Carson and TheRoyal Botanic Garden Kew Website

Part shade Cool EARLY Summer

Common Name The Beautiful Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Zambia and Tanzania in marshy water sometimes in standing water at elevations of 1500 to 1740 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 3 to 6, lowermost 1 to 2 sheathing, the middle, clasping, lanceolate, acute, grading into bracts above leaves that blooms in the early summer on a 4.8" [12 cm] long, densely few to several flowered inflorescnece carrying sweetly scented flowers

Synonyms Habenaria insignis Rolfe 1898; Macrura mirabilis (Rolfe) Szlach. & Sawicka 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Macrura mirabilis drawing fide