Habenaria pilosa Schltr.1915 SECTION Diphyllae

Inflorescence Photos by Lebrun J. and Mahy G. at The Copperflora Website

Common Name The Hairy Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania in Brachystegia woodlands on mossy banks of shady gullies at elevations of 700 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, densely tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, slender, long pilose stems carrying a single, basal, adpressed to the ground, broadly ovate, orbicular to reniform-orbicular, apiculate, to shortly acuminate, glabrous to few long haired above, glabrous beneath, margins densely hairy, cordate base leaf and often 1 to 2 distant sheaths above that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, 1 to 4.4" [2.5 to 11 cm] long, loosely 3 to 1`4 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, very acute, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts

Synonyms Habenaria pilosa var. grandiflora Geerinck 1982; Pseudohemipilia pilosa (Schltr.) Szlach. 2003

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