Habenaria myodes Summerh. 1962 SECTION Replicatae

Swaziland Specimen Drawings by Renz and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Fragrance Part shade cool Fall Winter

Common Name The Mouse Tailed Habenaria [refers to the elongate spur]

Flower Size

Found in Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Yemen and Oman in open grasslands near streams or in soil pockets of rock outcrops at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters as a small to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with globose to ovoid, densely tomotose tubers giving rise to an erect, slender to rather stout, leafy throughout stem carrying 7 to 14, lowermost sheathlike, middlemost bunched in lower part of the stem, suberect to spreading, narrowly lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acute, the upper 3 to 6, mich smaller, adpressed to the stem, lanceolate, acuminate leaves with lanceolate, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts that blooms in the fall and winter on a terminal, erect, [6 to 27 cm] long, rather loosely 5 to many flowered inflorescence with spreading, night scented flowers

CAUTION The 1st specimen above was collected in Tanzania and that agrees with the references, the 2nd specimen above was collected in Swaziland but none of my references list it as a provenence for this species although it does seem to match the drawing by Summerhayes -----please use with caution

Synonyms Bilabrella myodes (Summerh.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003; Habenaria myodes subsp. latipetala Summerh. 1962

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