Habenaria anguiceps Bolus 1889

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrant Full sun cold LATERSpring EARLIER Summer

Common Name The Snake Head Habenaria [perhaps refers to the dorsal sepal]

Flower Size

Found in Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in sour rocky grasslands at elevations of 1000 to 1900 meters as a miniature to medium szied, cold growing terrestrial with several, large,ovoid-obolong tubers giving rise to a leafy stem carrying sessile, oblong-lanceolate, fleshy, cauline, acuminate leaves grading smaller towards the apex that blooms in the later spring and earlier summer on an erect, 3" [7.5 cm] long, usually densely 25 to 50 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria readei Harv. ex Rolfe 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;

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