Habenaria silvatica Schltr. 1915 SECTION Pentaceras [Thouars] Schlechter.Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name The Forest Dwelling Habenaria

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Tanzania and Zambia in woodlands at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect leafy stem carrying the lowest 2 to 4 sheath-like and the rest erect, linear, leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 1.6 to 10" [4 to 25 cm] long, fairly densely several to many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying spreading flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria debiliflora G.Will. 1981; Habenaria debilis G.Will. 1980

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 drawing fide

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