Habenaria splendens Rendle 1895 SECTION Multipartitae Kraenzl.

Plant and FlowersPhotos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part shade Cool Cold LATERSummer

Common Name The Splendid Habenaria

Flower Size 2.5" [6.25 cm]

Found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in grasslands and woodland margins at elevations of 1270 to 2100 meters as a medium to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect leafy stem carrying 6 to 12, the lowest sheath-like, the next few ovate, acute, loosely funnel-shaped basally, dark green with 3 prominent longitudinal veined leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 4 to 8.8" [10 to 22 cm] long, fairly laxly 4 to 20 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Kryptostoma splendens (Rendle) Szlach. 1995; Ochyrorchis splendens (Rendle) Szlach. 2004

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; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Launert & Cribb 1992 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1995 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Ochyrorchis splendens drawing fide