Bonatea stereophylla (Kraenzl.) Summerh. 1949 Drawing by A. Stolz and TheKew Royal Botanical Garden Website

Part Shade cool Cold Fall

Common Name The Rigidly Leaved Bonatea

Flower Size

Found in Tanzania in upland grasslands at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 2, turnip shaped, curved, tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, rather stout, enveloped completly by 15 to 20 whitish, dried up sheaths and carrying broad withered at blooming leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, cylindrical, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, densely 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Habenaria polychlamys Schltr. 1915; *Habenaria stereophylla Kraenzl. 1901;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968;