Habenaria boiviniana Kraenzl. & Schltr. 1897 Drawing by Schlechter and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part shade Hot Warm Fall

Common Name Boivin's Habenaria [French Orchid Collector in Madagascar late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Kenya, Tanzania, the Comoros and Madagascar in semi deciduous forests, humid evergreen forests or on rocks in woods at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with ovoid to elliptic, densely tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, slender to rather stout, leafy nearly the base stem carrying 5 to 11, spreading, the lowermost 2 bract-like, the middle ones obovate, acute, narrrowing basally, the uppermost 2 to 3 are lanceoalte, acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the flowers floral bracts.

CAUTION The drawing above has 2 species names which both are now considered to be synonyms of H boiviniana.

Synonyms Habenaria nigricans Schltr. 1913; Habenaria perrieri Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939 as Habenaria nigricans and Habenaria perrieri drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Vol 1 Summerhayes 1968 as H perrier; Orchids of Madagascar Du Puy, Hermans, Cribb & Bosser 2007; A Field Guide to the orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009

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