Habenaria tentaculigera Rchb. f.

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Habenaria tentaculigera

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Kabompo Gorge

Habenaria tentaculigera

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE, Kanyanga

Habenaria tentaculigera

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE, Kanyanga

Habenaria tentaculigera

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE, Kanyanga

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Synonyms: Habenaria ludens Kraenzl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 20-60 cm tall. Tubers variously shaped. Stems leafy. Inflorescence laxly 3-17 flowered; flowers green and white. Spur 20-22 mm long with a knee-like bend just below the base.
Derivation of specific name: tentaculigera: with tentacles.
Habitat: Seepage grassland, miombo woodland.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2250 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
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 88. (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.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 51 - 52. (Includes a picture).

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

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 60 - 61. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Habenaria tentaculigera
Flora of Zambia: Habenaria tentaculigera
Flora of Zimbabwe: Habenaria tentaculigera

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria tentaculigera
African Plant Database: Habenaria tentaculigera
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Habenaria tentaculigera
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Habenaria tentaculigera
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Habenaria tentaculigera
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Habenaria tentaculigera
JSTOR Plant Science: Habenaria tentaculigera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria tentaculigera
Plants of the World Online: Habenaria tentaculigera
Tropicos: Habenaria tentaculigera
Wikipedia: Habenaria tentaculigera

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Habenaria tentaculigera.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117110, retrieved 22 April 2024

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