AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Roeperocharis urbaniana Kraenzl. in H.G.Reichenbach, Xenia Orchid. 3: 104 (1892).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Habenaria setigera Chiov., Ann. Bot. (Rome) 9: 137 (1911).
Description:
Plant slender, 6–12 in. high, 2–4-leaved in the middle. Tuber broadly ovate or subglobose. Leaves oblong or oblong-lanceolate, subacute, upper acuminate, 1 1/4–3 in. long, 4–7 lin. broad. Racemes 1 1/2–3 in. long, rather lax, 8–15-flowered. Bracts oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, 5–7 lin. long. Pedicels 4–5 lin. long. Dorsal sepal ovate or ovate-lanceolate, acute, 2 1/2 lin. long; lateral obliquely ovate, acute, 3 lin. long. Petals obliquely ovate, subobtuse, 2 1/2 lin. long. Lip 5 lin. long, with a short broad claw, trilobed; lobes linear; side lobes diverging, shorter than the front lobe; spur cylindrical, slightly dilated above, 6 lin. long. Stigmatic processes oblong, descending, thick, 2 lin. long, each extending upwards in 2, free, oblong lobes. Column divided into two short, broad, diverging arms. Staminodes rounded. Arms of the rostellum nearly quadrate, 1 1/2 lin. long.
Habitat:
Distribution:
NW. Ethiopia