Habenaria quartzicola Schltr. 1924 Drawing by F Fedde and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Part shade Warm Cool LATER Summer

Common Name The Quartz Loving Habenaria [refers to the rocky quartzite outcrops that this species prefers]

Flower Size 1" [2.5cm]

Found in central Madagascar in rocky quartzite outcrops and wet flushes at elevations around 800 to 1600 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestro-lithophyte with 3 elongated tubers giving rise to a glabrous stem carrying 5 to 6, above the middle, sub-erect, linear-acute, conduplicate leaves that blooms in the later summer on a dense, 2" [5 cm] long, to 10 flowered inflorescnece with lanceolate-acuminate, almost equal to the ovary floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, DuPuy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009;