Habenaria trilobulata Schltr. 1899 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl 1892

Plant and Flowers

Plants In Situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part Shade Hot WarmWinter

Common Name The Three-Lobed Habenaria

Flower Size 5/8" [1.4 cm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in open woodlands and dry bush at elevations of sealevel to 1100 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with an erect, slender stem carrying 2, large, basal, opposite, adpresed to the ground, silvery blue green with reticulation, ovate to orbicular, cauline leaves with smaller bract-like leaves ascending on the stem that blooms in the winter on an erect, terminal, 1.2 to 4.4" [3 to 11 cm] long, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence with short bracts.

Synonyms Arachnaria trilobulata (Schltr.) Szlach. 2003; Habenaria quadrifila Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Arachnaria trilobulata drawing fide