Habenaria macrostele Summerh.

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Habenaria macrostele

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria macrostele

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria macrostele

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, 30 - 60 cm. Leaves along the stem, linear to narrowly lanceolate. Inflorescence lax. Flowers small, green with a white relatively prominent column, very unpleasantly scented. Sepals reflexed. Petals 2-lobed almost to the base; upper lobes linear, often crossing; lower lobes, hinged, slightly longer and wider than upper lobes. Lip 3-lobed; all lobes linear, often curved backwards; mid-lobe longer than side lobes. Column prominent, up to 5 mm long.
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Habitat: In wet seepage zones overlying rock in montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2370 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 18 November 2009

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Habenaria macrostele.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116880, retrieved 19 May 2024

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