Habenaria retinervis Summerh. 1962 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl.

Collection sheet Collection and Photo by Renz and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part shade Cool LATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Net Nerved Habenaria

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi and Zambia in grassy clearings in woodlands or at the margins at elevations around 1000 to 1740 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with a globose, ellipsoid to ovoid tuber giving rise to an erect, stem carrying 7 to 11, the lowermost white with dark green reticulation, sheathing, the next few semi-erect, lanceolate, the uppermost grading into the bract-like leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 4 to 10.4" [10 to 17 cm] long, fairly laxly 8 to 30 flowered inflorescence with scarious, shorter than the ovaries floral bracts.

Synonyms Bilabrella retinervis (Summerh.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bilabrella retinervis drawing ok