Roeperocharis bennettiana Rchb.f.

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Roeperocharis bennettiana

Photo: Joachim Thiede
Nyika National Park, Chelinda Lake at Chelinda Lodge

Roeperocharis bennettiana

Photo: Joachim Thiede
Nyika National Park, Chelinda Lake at Chelinda Lodge

Roeperocharis bennettiana

Photo: Joachim Thiede
Nyika National Park, close to Chelinda Bridge

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Status: Native
Robust terrestrial herb to 1 m tall. Stem leafy. Inflorescence 11-24 cm long, densely many-flowered. Flowers green. Dorsal sepal 6-11 mm long, erect, ovate; lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate to ovate. Petals erect, twisted and folded in the middle with a distinct acute apex. Lip 3-lobed with an undivided basal part; spur 5-15 mm long, pendent, cylindric.
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Habitat: Montane grassland, usually in drier places.
Altitude range: 2200 - 2440 m
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Thursday 15 June 2017

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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: Roeperocharis bennettiana., retrieved 11 December 2023

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