Habenaria ciliosa Lindl. 1840 Drawing by Harry Bolus and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria WebSite

partial sun Cold Summer

Common Name The Hairy Habenaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in eastern Cape Province and Natal South Africa in marshy grasslands at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters as a slender to fairly robust, medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with basal leaf sheaths conspicuously horizontally barred with black and above, becoming suberect, linear, acute leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, lax to dense, many flowered inflorescence

Fairly similar to H laevigata in most respects but differs in the the smooth hairless flowers and the clear green basal sheaths.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe and Hall 1982 photo good; The Cape Orchids Vol 1 Litlved and Johnson 2012;