Habenaria tysonii Bolus 1889 SECTION Diphyllae

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Full sun Cool Cold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name Tyson's Habenaria [Original Collector of species 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe, Cape Province, Natal, and Transvaal in grass on rocky hillsides in full sun at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 2 broadly ovate to orbicular, radical, somewhat succulent leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, lax many [20 to 50] flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Orthochilus welwitschii Rchb.f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos ok?; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide?; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide;