Habenaria stenorhynchos Schltr.

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Habenaria stenorhynchos

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Chakwenga Headwaters, 100-129 km E of Lusaka

Habenaria stenorhynchos

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Chakwenga Headwaters, 100-129 km E of Lusaka

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Synonyms: Habenaria dactylostigma Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb 15-45 cm tall; tubers ellipsoid to ovoid, 2.5-1.5 cm; leaves 4-8, the basal 1-2 sheath like, mid-stem leaves semi-spreading, 3.5-8.5 x 0.7-2 cm, ovate or lanceolate, upper stem leaves grading into bracts; inflorescence to 11 cm long, laxly 1-7 flowered, bracts slightly shorter; ovary and pedicel 15-25 mm long; flowers sweetly scented, white with green veined sepals, dorsal sepal 10-11 x 2.5-4.5 mm, erect, convex, acute, lateral sepals c. 12 x 6 mm, obliquely obovate; petals 2-lobed  to base, upper lobe 8-10 mm long, erect, lower lobe 10-15 mm long, curving forwards and up, narrowly linear, less than 1 mm wide; lip 3-lobed almost to base, mid-lobe deflexed, 12-14 x 1 mm, linear, side lobes 5.5-8.5 x 0.5 mm,  filiform, projecting forwards but curving down slightly; spur 8-10 mm long, pendent, swollen at apex; anther erect, c. 4 mm tall, canals 7-8 mm long, porrect, tips upcurved; stigmatic arms 5.5-8 mm long, projecting forwards, enlarged and truncate at apex.
Derivation of specific name:
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola through Zambia to Tanzania south to Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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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 328.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 122 - 124.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 85. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zambia: Habenaria stenorhynchos
Flora of Zimbabwe: Habenaria stenorhynchos

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria stenorhynchos
African Plant Database: Habenaria stenorhynchos
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Habenaria stenorhynchos
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Habenaria stenorhynchos
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Habenaria stenorhynchos
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Habenaria stenorhynchos
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Habenaria stenorhynchos
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Habenaria stenorhynchos
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Habenaria stenorhynchos
Ispot Southern Africa: Habenaria stenorhynchos
JSTOR Plant Science: Habenaria stenorhynchos
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Habenaria stenorhynchos
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Habenaria stenorhynchos
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria stenorhynchos
The Plant List (version 1.1): Habenaria stenorhynchos
Tropicos: Habenaria stenorhynchos

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Habenaria stenorhynchos.
http://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117060, retrieved 16 December 2017

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