Holothrix papillosa Summerh.

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Synonyms: Holothrix brachycheira Summerh.
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Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 9–32 cm tall.Tubers 2, up to 13 × 8 mm, ovoid.Leaves 2, appressed to ground, 10–23 × 7–33 mm, orbicular to reniform, pilose above.Scape without sheaths, with long spreading hairs.Inflorescence 2–8 cm long, fairly densely 2– to many-flowered, flowers secund; ovary 3 mm long; bracts 1–4 mm long, ovate, pubescent.Flowers white, non-resupinate, c. 6 mm long including ovary.Sepals green or purplish, 1.7–3 × 1.3–1.4 mm, ovate, long ciliate.Petals 2.5–6 mm long, densely papillose, 3-lobed to about one third of the length.Lip 2.5–5 mm long, similar to petals but with 5–7 lobes.Spur 1.5–3 mm long, conical, obscure, straight.Anther 1 mm high.Ovary pubescent. (Source: JSTOR/FZ)
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia
Malawi distribution: N,S
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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 329. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 38. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 40. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 30.

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

Summerhayes, V.S. (1960). African orchids XXVII Kew Bulletin 14(1) Pages 127 - 129. Protologue and also as Holothrix brachycheira (Protologue)

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 23 - 26. Also as Holothrix brachycheira (Includes a picture).

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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: Holothrix papillosa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=208770, retrieved 1 March 2024

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