Bonatea rabaiensis (Rendle) Rolfe 1898 Photo by S.A. Robertson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Cool Fall

Common Name The Rabai Bonatea [Hills near Mombasa Kenya]

Flower Size

Found in southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania in lowland dry evergreen forests or evergreen scrublands at elevations of sea level to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to coolgrowing terrestrial with a nearly erect, rather stout, leafy throughout stem carrying 8 to 9, lowermost 1 to 2 sheath-like, the middle ones more or less spreading, lanceolate, elliptic-lanceolate, to oblanceolate, acute, the apex itself mucronate, the uppermost much smaller, bract-like leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long, 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Habenaria rabaiensis Rendle 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996;

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