Habenaria dregeana Lindl. 1840 SECTION Diphyllae KraenzlPhoto courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrance Full sun Cool Fall

Common Name Drege's Habenaria [German Plant Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Zaire, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe and Cape Province, Lesotho, Natal Orange Free State, Swaziland and Transvaal South Africa in open sunny grasslands at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect leafy stem carrying 2 basal, ovate to reniform, cordate basally, adpressed to the ground becoming bract-like above leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, 3 to 7.4" [7.5 to 18 cm] long, narrowly cylindrical, densely 20 to 60 flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovaries floral bracts and carrying nocturnally scented flowers

Synonyms Habenaria calva (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1898; Habenaria dregeana var. calva Rchb.f. 1865; Habenaria friesii Schltr. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing fide