Holothrix longiflora Rolfe

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Holothrix longiflora

Rocky miombo woodland
Chipili area, rocky Miombo woodland around Kalonde Falls
Jan 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Holothrix longiflora

Rocky miombo woodland
Chipili area, rocky Miombo woodland around Kalonde Falls
Jan 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Holothrix longiflora

Rocky miombo woodland
Chipili area, rocky Miombo woodland around Kalonde Falls
Jan 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Holothrix lastii Rolfe
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 23–53 cm tall, growing from 2 ovoid, hairy tubers, up to 3.5 cm long. Leaves 2, appressed to ground, one larger than the other, fleshy, heart-shaped to kidney-shaped, up to 7 cm long and up to 8.5 cm wide, glossy pale green, sparsely hairy. Flowering stem densely hairy, with several bract-like leaves c. 7 mm long. Inflorescence 6–16 cm long, laxly to fairly densely 6 to many-flowered, flowers more or less towards one side; bracts 4–8 mm long, hairy. Flowers white with green sepals, strongly and sweetly scented. Sepals ovate, 6–9 mm long, hairy. Petals 16–35 mm long, deeply divided into 9 slender tapering lobes. Lip similar, 9–11-lobed. Spur conical, 3–4 mm long, tightly incurled.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: longiflora: with long flowers
Habitat: In open Brachystegia woodland, rock crevices and montane grassland overlying rock or on seepage slopes.
Altitude range: 1650 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Content last updated: Friday 13 March 2020

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La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 39. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 29.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Holothrix longiflora
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Holothrix longiflora.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=203650, retrieved 24 April 2024

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