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ORIGIN: Found in Ethiopia, Sudan, Benin, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Zaire, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbawe, Swaziland, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in swampy grasslands, dambos and woodlands at elevations of 800 to 2300 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with subterranean, ovoid, chain-forming tubers giving rise to 2 to 6, narrowly linear, acuminate, grass-like leaves that are absent or just beginning to appear at blooming in the spring and early summer on a laxly to fairly densely several to many flowered inflorescence almost completely enveloped by 4 to 5, papery bracts and has scarious, linear, acuminate floral bracts.
FLOWER SIZE: 2 inches [5 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).