Habenaria sochensis Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl.Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part shade Cool LATERSummer

Common Name The Mount Soche Habenaria [A Mountain in Malawi]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in grasslands and woodlands at elevations of 1050 to 1700 meters as a giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with ovoid to ellipsoid, wooly tubers giving rise to an erect leafy stem carrying 11 to 16, the lowest loosely sheath-like, the next few spreading, lanceolate, grading to bract-like leaves that blooms in the later summer on a 16" [40 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying unpleasnat smelling flowers.

Synonyms Bilabrella sochensis (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998;