Habenaria riparia Renz & Grosvenor 1979 SECTION Replicatae Drawing by Jany Renz and The Plant Illustrations Webpage

Part shadeCold LATERSummer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Water Loving Habenaria [refers to its being found near streams and watercourses]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Nyika Plateau of Malawi in wet grass near stream at eleavtions around 2150 to 2180 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with small, ellisoid tubers giving rise to 7 to 10, lowermost 1 to 2 sheathlike, black-spotted, the next few, linear to narrowly lanceolate, the uppermost grading smaller into the bracts leaves that blooms in the later summer and early spring on an erect, terminal, 3.2 to 6.4" [8 to 16 cm] long, fairly lax to fairly densely several to many flowered inflorescence with much shorter thnan the pedicel, sparsely hairy floral bracts.

Synonyms Bilabrella riparia (Renz & Grosvenor) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995;