Habenaria arenaria Lindl. 1835 SECTION Chlorinae. Photo by Pieter Bouwer

Leaf Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full shade Cool fall

Common Name The Sand Loving Habenaria

Flower Size 3/8" [1.1 cm]

Found in Mozambique, Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in shade in montane thickets at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a slender stem carrying 2 to 3, radical but not adpressed to the ground, dappled/mottled gray-silver to plain above leaves that blooms fall on a terminal, erect, very laxly, 8 to 25 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Bonatea micrantha Lindl. 1835; Habenaria micrantha (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo ok; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide;