Habenaria kabompoensis G. Will.

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Synonyms: Habenaria pilosa var. kabompoensis (G.Will.)
Habenaria sp. (Williamson & Simon 1766) of Williamson, Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 63 (1977).
Pseudohemipilia kabompoensis (G.Will.)
Common names:
Tubers 1 cm long, ovoid. Plants 13-20 cm tall, erect, delicate. Stem clothed in white hairs 4—5 mm long. Leaf single, 3 cm long and wide, ovate-orbicular, cordate at the base, acute, the upper surface fairly densely covered with white hairs, margins densely ciliate; single cauline bract above. Inflorescence 8 cm long, laxly 6-flowered. Sepals green, petals and lip white. Pedicel and ovary 10 mm long. Dorsal sepal 7 mm long, 3 mm wide, ovate, concave, acute, hairy outside. Petals bi-lobed almost to the base; anterior lobe 18-20 mm long, 0.3-0.7 mm wide, filiform, curving outwards and upwards; posterior lobe 6-8 mm long, 0.5-0.7 mm wide, linear, subobtuse. Lateral sepals 8 mm long, 2.8 mm wide, obliquely semiovate, hairy outside. Lip 3-lobed to the base; the middle lobe 12-14 mm long, 1 mm, pendent, linear-ligulate, obtuse; lateral lobes 18-20 mm long, 0.5-0.9 mm wide, curving up and out like lower petal lobes. Spur 8-11 mm long, pendent, swollen at the apex.(Source: JSTOR/FZ)
Type location:
Zambia, Kabompo River
Notes: This species is closely related to Habenaria leucotricha Schltr., differing from it in the longer petal lobes and lip side lobes, and in the spur, which is shorter than the mid-lobe of the lip.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodlands, often on quartzite ridges or laterite.
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Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 142.

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

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 62 - 63. As Habenaria sp. (Williamson & Simon 1766) (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria kabompoensis
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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 kabompoensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209220, retrieved 28 November 2023

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