Habenaria rhopalostigma Rolfe ex Kraenzl. 1898 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl.Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Club-Shaped Stigma Habenaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in in woodlands at elevations around 1200 to 1350 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with an ellipsoid to ovoid, densely tomentose tuber giving rise to an erect, stem carrying a single basal, adpressed to the ground, orbicular to reniform, rounded to apiculate, cordate basally, rather fleshy leaves and 3 to 6, loose, more or less sheathing leaves that blooms in the summer on a .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence and carrying close set flowers.

Synonyms Arachnaria rhopalostigma (Rolfe ex Kraenzl.) Szlach. 2006; Habenaria nephrophylla Schltr.1915

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/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1998; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Arachnaria rhopalostigma drawing fide

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