Habenaria trachypetala Kraenzl. 1901 SECTION Trachypetala Summerh. TYPE for this section

Plant and Flowers in situ Photos by Robert v. Blittersdorff and The East African Plants Website

Drawing Drawing by John Ball and The Swiss Orchid Foundation At the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shadeCool Cold LATERSummer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Rough Petaled Habenaria

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in upland grasslands or swamps at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, leafy stem with the lowermost 1 to 2 being sheath like and the middle ones suberect to spreading, broadly lanceolate, loosely clasping stem at the base, the upper ones grading into bracts that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, 4 to 9.6" [10 to 24 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying leafy, shorter than the flowers floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria rhombocorys Schltr. 1915; Trachypetalum kraenzlinianum Szlach. & Sawicka 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of Southern Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing/photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Trachypetalum kraenzlinianum drawing fide