Habenaria petraea Renz & Grosvenor

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Habenaria petraea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rod north of Northern loop towards Nganda, Nyika National Park.

Habenaria petraea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rod north of Northern loop towards Nganda, Nyika National Park.

Habenaria petraea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rod north of Northern loop towards Nganda, Nyika National Park.

Habenaria petraea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rod north of Northern loop towards Nganda, Nyika National Park.

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Status: Native
Description:
Terrestrial herb up to c. 50 cm high. Leaves 5–9, the lowermost 1–2 sheathing, spotted with black, the next few semi-spreading, linear-lanceolate, 6–14 cm long, folded. Inflorescence laxly or fairly densely several- to many-flowered, 5–26 cm long; bracts lanceolate, 10–22 mm long, finely pubescent or glandular. Flowers green and white. Dorsal sepal reflexed, oblong, 5.5–8 mm long; lateral sepals deflexed, obliquely obovate, 8.3–10 mm long and 4–6 mm wide, with a lateral point. Petals densely pubescent, 2-lobed almost to base; upper lobe linear, 5–7 mm long, erect or recurved; lower lobes lanceolate, 9–13 mm long, spreading, hinged. Lip deflexed, 3-lobed; mid-lobe 12–15 mm long; side lobes 8–10 mm long; all lobes linear, to 1 mm wide; spur 13–20 mm long, swollen towards apex, twisted in the middle, usually upcurved so that the tip held above the flower.
Type location:
Malawi, Nyika Plateau
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Habitat: Damp montane grassland and forest margins.
Altitude range: 1300 - 2450 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Misuku Hills and Nyika Plateau, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Sunday 14 April 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 328.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 102 - 103.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 77. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 121.

Willis, C.K., Burrows, J.E., Fish, L., Phiri, P.S.M., Chikuni, A.C. & Golding, J. (2001). Developing a greater understanding of the flora of the Nyika Syst. Geogr. Pl. 71(2) Page 1000.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Habenaria petraea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Habenaria petraea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria petraea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Habenaria petraea
Tropicos: Habenaria petraea


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Habenaria petraea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209080, retrieved 23 July 2019

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