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Orchid Species: Platanthera natalensis

Kew currently accepted name is Habenaria petitiana

Platanthera natalensis is an orchid species identified by (Rchb.f.) Schltr. in 1895. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Habenaria petitiana.
Genus
Grex
natalensis
Parents
Species
Author
(Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Year
1895
ORIGIN: Found in Cameroon, Zaire, Burundia, Rwanda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Natal and Transvaal South Africa in short grasslands, among scrub or at the forests edge at elevations of 1700 to 3150 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an ellipsoid tuber giving rise to an erect, leafy stem carrying 5 to 9, lowest 2 sheathing, all others ovate, acute often undulate margins, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2 to 8 [5 to 20 cm] long, laxly to fairly densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, longer than the ovaries floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 1/2 inch [1.25 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Habenaria Hab petitiana 1894 (A.Rich.) T.Durand & Schinz
Add+ Herminium H natalense 1881 Rchb.f.
Add+ Herminium H steudneri 1881 Rchb.f.
Add+ Habenaria Hab brachylobos 1933 (Summerh.) Summerh.
Add+ Platanthera P volkensiana 1895 Kraenzl. in H.G.A.Engler (ed.)
Add+ Peristylus Peri brachylobos 1931 Summerh.
Add+ Peristylus Peri natalensis 1912 (Rchb.f.) Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.)
Add+ Peristylus Peri petitianus 1840 A.Rich.
Add+ Peristylus Peri snowdenii 1918 Rolfe
Add+ Peristylus Peri steudneri 1898 (Rchb.f.) Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.)
Add+ Peristylus Peri ugandensis 1918 Rolfe
Add+ Peristylus Peri volkensianus 1898 (Kraenzl.) Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.)
Add+ Pseudoperistylus Pseudoperistylus petitianus 1998 (A.Rich.) Szlach. & Olszewski
Add+ Montolivaea Montolivaea petitiana 2001 (A.Rich.) Szlach.
Add+ Platanthera P petitiana 1892 (A.Rich.) Engl.
Add+ Habenaria Hab microrhynchos 1895 Schltr.
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