Habenaria laevigata Lindl. 1840 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo by Cameron McMaster

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Smooth Habenaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free state and Transvaal South Africa in well drained montane grasslands at elevations of 700 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with numerous, elliptic, acute, basally stem clasping, cauline leaves that blooms in the summer on a fairly dense, 12 to 30 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Habenaria ornithopoda Rchb.f 1847

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;