Habenaria tetraceras Summerh. 1962 SECTION Pentaceras [Thouars] Schlechter. Photo courtesy of JSTOR Plant Science Website

Common Name The Four Horned Habenaria

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania and Zambia in boggy grassland verges and wet areas in Brachystegia woodlands at elevations of 950 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with ellipisoid, ovoid to globose tubers giving rise to an erect slender, leafy stem carrying all along the length, 11 to 16, more or less erect and adpressed to the stem, lowest 3 to 4 sheath-like, obtuse and the remainder lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, acuminate, leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2.4 to 6" [6 to 15 cm] long, densely 8 to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, often longer than the flowers bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae 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 ok; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing fide