Habenaria genuflexa Rendle 1895 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrance. Part sun Cool LATE Summer

Common Name The Kneeling Habenaria [refers to the bent pedicel]

Flower Size

Found in Senegal, Siera Leone, Benin, Ghana, Togo, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and Zambia in wet or swampy grasslands at elevations of 1400 to 1800 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with an ovoid to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a leafy erect stem carrying 7 to 11, lowermost mostly sheathing, the next 4 to 6, semi-erect to spreading, linear to lanceolate upper mostly bract-like leaves that blooms in the late summer on an erect, to 2 to 10.8" [5 to 27 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence carrying foul smelling flowers

This species an H schimperiana are often combined with this one taking precedence, I have left them separate pending better references and photos

Synonyms Bilabrella genuflexa (Rendle) Szlach. & Kras-Lap 2003; Habenaria confusa Rolfe 1898; Habenaria stenoloba Schltr. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of the Central African Republic A Provisional Checklist Cribb & Fay 1986; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bilabrella genuflexa drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bilabrella genuflexa drawing fide

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