Habenaria debeerstiana Kraenzl.

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Habenaria debeerstiana

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Roadside leading to Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge (Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province)

Habenaria debeerstiana

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Roadside leading to Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge (Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province)

Habenaria debeerstiana

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Roadside leading to Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge (Mpika Distr., Muchinga Province)

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Synonyms: Habenaria nicholsonii var. debeerstiana (Kraenzl.) Geerinck
Habenaria tiesleriana Kraenzl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 30-60 cm tall; tubers ovoid, 2-5 cm long, villous; leaves 2, basal, appressed to the ground, heart-shaped, 3-6.5 x 3.5-7 cm; stem leaves sheathing, 4-7, scattered along stem; inflorescence 11-17 x 3-6 cm, laxly 20 flowered; bracts 11-14 cm long; ovary and pedicel 23-30 mm long; flowers sweetly scented, sepals green, petals and lip white; dorsal sepal erect, 9-12 x 4-6 mm, ovate, convex; lateral sepals reflected, 8-15 x 2.5-4 mm, rolled lengthways; petals 9-12 x 3-5 mm, entire, falcate, acute, adnate to dorsal sepal; lip 3-lobed  to base; mid-lobe 16-18 x 0.5 mm, linear, apex bent forward; side lobes 12-15 x 3-5 mm, oblanceolate, acute; side lobes 14-19 x 3-9 mm, obliquely oblanceolate, acute; spur 8-9 mm long, swollen at apex; anther 3.5 mm high, canals 1.5 mm long; stigmatic arms c. 5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan – Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC to Burundi and Tanzania south to Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 91. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 96.

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 64 - 67. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria debeerstiana
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Habenaria debeerstiana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116700, retrieved 21 March 2023

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