Habenaria nicholsonii Rolfe 1898 SECTION Diphyllae

Photo by Williamson

Part shade Cool EARLYSummer

Common Name Nicholson's Habenaria [English Original Collector of species later 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Zaire and Zambia in braachystegia woodlands on wet drainage areas at elevations around 1200 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a slender stem carrying 2 basal, adpressed to the ground, orbicular, cordate below into the base leaves and scattered along the stem, about 6, sheath-like leaves that blooms in the early summer on an erect, terminal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, lax, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence carrying green and white flowers


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 photo/drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Flora of Zambia Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010