Habenaria perpulchra Kraenzl. 1914 SECTION Diphyllae

Plant and Flowers Photos by Seleck M. and The Copperflora Website


Common Name The Very Beautiful Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania in upland grasslands at elevations of 1300 to 1400 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with an ovoid to ellipsoid, densely tomentose tuber giving rise to an erct, rather stout stem carrying a single basal, adpressed to the soil, orbicular, ovate-orbicular to reniform-orbicular, obtuse to apiculate, cordate base leaf and 3 to 7 lanceolate, acute, rather loose sheath-like leaves above that blooms in the later summer on an erect, terminal, 1.2 to 2.6" [3 to 7 cm] long, rather close set, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute bracts and carrying nearly erect flowers.

Synonyms Arachnaria perpulchra (Kraenzl.) Szlach. 2003; Habenaria platymera Schltr. 1915

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; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Arachnaria perpulchra drawing fide