Habenaria goetzeana Kraenzl.

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Habenaria goetzeana

Sandy grassland area near Lukupa river just N of Kasama
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Habenaria goetzeana

Sandy grassland area near Lukupa river just N of Kasama
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Kryptostoma goetzeana (Kraenzl.) Geerinck
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Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb 15-35 cm tall; tubers ovoid, woolly, 1-1.5 x 0.5-1 cm; leaves 5-9, the lowermost 1-2 sheathing, mid-stem leaves suberect, 1.5-83.5 x 0.5-1 cm, lanceolate, upper stem leaves bract-like; inflorescence to 12 x 4 cm long, laxly 2-9 flowered, bracts slightly shorter; ovary and pedicel arched, 15-25 mm long; flowers green; dorsal sepal 11-12 x 6-8 mm, elliptic, obtuse; lateral sepals 10-12 x 4-6 mm, spreading, partly adnate to column and base of lip; petals 2-lobed to 4-6 mm from base, upper lobe 8-12 x 3-4 mm, adnate to dorsal sepal, lower lobe erect, 16-21 x c. 1 mm, linear, glabrous, fleshy; lip 3-lobed to 3-5.5 mm from base; mid-lobe deflexed, 7-10 x 2 mm, linear; side lobes 13-15 x 0.8-0.9 mm, linear, deflexed or projecting forwards and diverging; spur 20-30 mm long, curved forwards and up, forming a complete loop, somewhat swollen near apex; anther loculi 2-3 mm long, reclinate, canals very short; stigmatic arms porrect, 3-4 mm long, enlarged and truncate at apex.
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Habitat: Grassland and open woodland, in clearings and on shallow soil over rocks.
Altitude range: 1500 - 1650 m
Flowering time:Dec – Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC to Tanzania south to Zambia and Malawi
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Thursday 6 July 2017

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Habenaria goetzeana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=203620, retrieved 29 September 2023

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