Habenaria occidentalis (Lindl.) Summerh. 1933 SECTION Diphyllae

Drawing by Francisco Perez-Vera

Part Sun HotSpring

Common Name The Western African Habenaria

Flower Size .5" [1.25 cm

Found in Ivory Coast, Benin, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Chad and Zaire in the dryer seasonally wet savannahs at elevations of 200 to 300 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial with hairy tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying a single, basal appled to the substrate, oval, acute, mottled, leaf and 2 small leaf sheaths spaced out along the ascending psrt of the stem, that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, many flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying orange flowers with the ovary and the outer sepals pubescent.

Synonyms Amphorkis occidentalis Lindl.1862; Cynorkis occidentalis (Lindl.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Schlechterorchis occidentalis (Lindl.) Szlach. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 drawing fide;