Holothrix papillosa Summerh.

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Synonyms: Holothrix brachycheira Summerh.
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Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 9–32 cm tall.Tubers 2, up to 13 × 8 mm, ovoid.Leaves 2, appressed to ground, 10–23 × 7–33 mm, orbicular to reniform, pilose above.Scape without sheaths, with long spreading hairs.Inflorescence 2–8 cm long, fairly densely 2– to many-flowered, flowers secund; ovary 3 mm long; bracts 1–4 mm long, ovate, pubescent.Flowers white, non-resupinate, c. 6 mm long including ovary.Sepals green or purplish, 1.7–3 × 1.3–1.4 mm, ovate, long ciliate.Petals 2.5–6 mm long, densely papillose, 3-lobed to about one third of the length.Lip 2.5–5 mm long, similar to petals but with 5–7 lobes.Spur 1.5–3 mm long, conical, obscure, straight.Anther 1 mm high.Ovary pubescent. (Source: JSTOR/FZ)
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Notes: Holothrix brachycheira from the Mwinilunga area has small flowers (petals 2–2.7 mm long, lip 2.5–2.9 mm long) but falls within the range of variation of H. papillosa, which varies considerably in size depending largely on the habitat.
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Habitat: Montane grassland, Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range: 1650 - 2300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 329. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 38. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 40. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 30.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 122.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1960). African orchids XXVII Kew Bulletin 14(1) Pages 127 - 129. Protologue and also as Holothrix brachycheira (Protologue)

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 23 - 26. Also as Holothrix brachycheira (Includes a picture).

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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 papillosa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=208770, retrieved 24 April 2024

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