Habenaria calvilabris Summerh. 1962 SECTION Mirandae

Drawing by Williamson

Collection sheet and Drawing Collection Sheet by Renz and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Fragrance Part shade CoolWinter

Common Name The ? Lip Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in rainforests at elevations of 1060 to 1650 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, slender, glabrous, leafy stem carrying 5 to 10, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate to oblong lanceolate, acute, erect to suberect leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, 2.4 to 12" [6 to 30 cm] long, fairly densely several to many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying greenish white to green with a white mid lobe to the lip, and strongly scented flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria calvilabris var. crassocalcarata Geerinck 1982; Mirandorchis calvilabris (Summerh.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing; Flora of Zambia Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchenko etal 2010 as Mirandorchis calvilabris drawing fide;