Habenaria splendentior Summerh. 1949 SECTION Multipartitae

Drawing by Williamson

Full shade Cool LATE Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Beautiful Habenaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Burundi, Zaire and Zambia in the wet margins of relict rain forests patches at elevations around 1200 to 1400 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 8 to 10, all along the stem, the 2 lowermost sheathing, the mid cauline largest, broadly lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, 6.4 to 12" [16 to 30 cm] long, rather laxly 12 flowered inflorescence carrying flowers with the sepals and the lip green and the petals are white.

Synonyms Kryptostoma splendentius (Summerh.) Szlach. & Olszewski 1998; Ochyrorchis splendentior (Summerh.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaeceae 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 of Zambia Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995;