Habenaria vaginata A.Rich. 1840 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl.Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part sun Warm Cold summer Fall

Common Name The Vaginate Habenaria [refers to the acuminate sheath-like leaf]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania in short grasslands, in forests margins and in forest glades at elevations of 1300 to 3000 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, slender to stout stem carrying 1 to 2, adpressed to the ground, reniform, orbicular to ovate, uppermost sheath-like, adpressed to the stem, lanceolate leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, 1.5 to 8" [4 to 20 cm] long, 6 to many flowered inflorescence with sheath-like floral bracts and small flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria microcorys Hochst. ex Engl 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo good; Orchids of Kenya Stewart and Campbell 1996; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004

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