!Roeperocharis bennettiana Rchb.f. 1881 Photo by A. Gassner and JSTOR Plant Sciences Website

Common Name Bennet's Roeperocharis [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in swamps and damp grasslands at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect leafy throughout stem carrying smaller below, the middle largest and grading to bract-like leaves above that blooms fall on an erect, 3.6 to 10.8" [9 to 27 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Habenaria bennettiana Rchb.f. 1881; Roeperocharis elata Schltr.1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing ok; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 drawing fide

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