Habenaria odorata Schltr. 1915 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrance Part sun Cool Cold LATESpring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Fragrant Habenaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in grasslands at elevations up to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to coldgrowing terrestrial with ovoid, villous tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying a single, basal, adpressed to the ground, orbicular, cordate basally, fleshy leaves and another 4 to 5 rather loose sheaths above that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, [4 to 13 cm] long, laxly 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying sweetly fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998;