Habenaria kabompoensis G.Will. 1980 SECTION DiphyllaeDrawing by Williamson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria WebSite

partial sun Warm Cool LATE spring

Common Name The Kabompo Habenaria [A river in northern Zambia]

Flower Size

Found in southern Zaire and Zambia at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with ovoid, villous tubers giving rise to an erect, white hairy stem carrying a basal, adpressed to the ground, ovate-orbicular, cordate based, acute, densely hairy on the upper surface, margins densely ciliate leaf with a single bract-like leaf above that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terminal, to 3.2" [to 8 cm] long, laxly 6 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to H pilosa but this one differs mainly in the spur being shorter than the midlobe of the lip.

Synonyms Habenaria pilosa var. kabompoensis (G.Will.) Geerinck 1982; Pseudohemipilia kabompoensis (G.Will.) Szlach. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Habenaria sp[ #72 pg 63] drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 as H pilosa var kabompoensis; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995;Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Pseudohemipilia kabompoensis