Habenaria macrostele Summerh. 1937

SECTION Replicatae Kranzl 1892

Side View of Flower

Plant In Situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Fragrance Full Shade Cool Cold LATERSummer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Large Column Habenaria

Flower Size 1/2" [1.3 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in wet seepage zones on overlying rock in montane grasslands at elevations of 1500 to 2180 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, slender terrestrial with linear to narrowly lanceolate leaves all along the stem that blooms in later summer and early fall on a lax, successively many flowered inflorescence with very unpleasantly scented, small flowers.

Synonyms Bilabrella macrostele (Summerh.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2003; Habenaria defleurii Geerinck 1996 publ. 1997; Habenaria tangheana Geerinck 1987; Habenaria tournayana Geerinck 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bilabrella macrostele drawing good