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ORIGIN: Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbawe and Botswana in swampy grasslands, in tall grasses at swamp and dambo margins, and beside rivers in swampy areas at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with subterranean, obliquely conical tuberous growths giving rise to 2 to 5, lanceolate, acuminate, petiolate base leaves that are not fully developed at blooming in the later spring and early summer on an erect, to 48 [120 cm] long, stout, densely several to many flowered inflorescence with 4 to 5 loose bracts and has elliptic, acute, in opposite pairs each enclosing 1 to 2 sub-nutant flowers.
FLOWER SIZE: 2 inches [5 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).