Habenaria mechowii Rchb.f. 1882 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl.Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part sun Warm Cool Summer

Common Name Mechow's Habenaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi and Zambia in wet grasslands and dambo margins at elevations of 750 to 1650 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing, robust terrestrial with ovoid to ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2 basal, adpressed to the ground, reniform to ovate, cordate basally, apiculate to rounded apically, rather fleshy leaves and 5 to13 bract-like leaves above that blooms in the summer on an erect, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, loosely to fairly densely 2 to 9 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Arachnaria mechowii (Rchb.f.) Szlach.2003

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 1998; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Arachnaria mechowii drawing fide

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