Habenaria verdickii (De Wild.) Schltr. 1915 SECTION Diphyllae

Drawing by Williamson

Drawing and Collection sheet Collection sheet by Fruchard and The Kew Royal Botanical Garden Website

Part shade Warm Cold Summer

Common Name Verdick's Habenaria [Belgian Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania among grass under trees, rocky outcrops and grasslands at elevations of 750 to 2200 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, tomentose tubers giving rise toan erect, rather slender stem carrying a single basal, adpressed tothe ground, reniform-orbicular, obtuse, cordate basally leaf and several leaf-like sheaths above that blooms in the summer on a termina, erect, to 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, rather loosely 2 to 11 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts

Synonyms Arachnaria verdickii (De Wild.) Szlach. 2003; *Bonatea verdickii De Wild. 1902; Habenaria cordifolia Summerh. 1964; Habenaria monophylla Schltr. 1903

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

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