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ORIGIN: This robust species is found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland, Cape Province, Transvaal, and Yemen in varied habitat, including, woodlands, rocks in montane grasslands, long grass at wood's edge, and occasionally in forests to elevations of 100 to 2550 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Medium to giant sized, hot to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid or ovoid-oblong pseudobulbs carrying 4 to 7, elongate-linear to lanceolate, acute or acuminate, plicate, arching leaves and blooms in the spring to early summer on an erect, to almost 3' [90 cm] long, racemose, laxly many flowered raceme that has oblong to oblong lanceolate bracts.
The Swazis of Swaziland South Africa use this species to concoct a medicine for unspecified diseases in children.
FLOWER SIZE: To about 1 1/2 inches [3.7 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).