Habenaria welwitschii Rchb.f. 1865 SECTION Replicatae Photo by E Tanner and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cool spring summer

Common Name Welwitsch's Habenaria [Austrian Botanist in Angola 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and Mozambique in marshy locations, grasslands and in rock crevasses at elevations of 1350 to 2000 meters as a small to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, sparsely tomentose tuber giving rise to an erect, slender to rather stout, leafy throughout stem carrying 7 to 12, lowermost sheathlike, the middle spreading to recurved, lanceolate to linear, acute, the upper 2 to 4, much smaller, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms spring and summer on a terminal, erect, 2.4 to 7.2" [6 to 18 cm] long, rather densely 10 to 30 flowered inflorescnece

Synonyms Bilabrella welwitschii (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003; Habenaria keiliana Kraenzl. 1909; Habenaria leptostigma Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Kryptostoma tentaculigerum drawing fide