Habenaria pseudociliosa Schelpe ex J.C.Manning 1989 Photo by Lourens Grobler and his The Afriorchids Website

Part shade ColdSummer

Common Name The False Ciliosa Habenaria [refers to its similarity to H ciliosa]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal states of South Africa in montane grasslands at elevations around 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, slender to fairly robust stem carrying 6 to 8, cauline, linear-lanceolate, acute, conspicuously barred and spotted maroon leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, fairly densely 18 to 30 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts with hispid margins and carrying green flowers.

Both H ciliosa and H pseudociliosa have distinctly hispid sepals and bracts and strongly barred basal leaf sheaths but H pseudociliosa differs in the longer spur, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, at least half again as long as the ovary and the side lobes of the lip shorter than the midlobe and the rostellum arms that are lobed adaxially near the base


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide;