Habenaria kyimbilae Schltr. 1915 SECTION Replicatae Kraenzl Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part sun Cool Cold Fall

Common Name The Kyimbila Habenaria [A town in Tanzania]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania and Malawi in montane grasslands and woodlands at elevations of 1300 to 2300 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with globose to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a leafy stem carrying 6 to 11, lowermost 1 to 2, black spotted sheathing, the middle suberect, linear to lanceolate, the upper grading into bract-like leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, 2 to 10" [5 to 25 cm] long, densely several to many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Bilabrella furcipetala (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kras 2006; Bilabrella kyimbilae (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003; Habenaria furcipetala Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1995; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bilabrella kyimbilae drawing fide

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