Habenaria schimperiana A. Rich.

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Habenaria schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Habenaria schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Habenaria schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Habenaria schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Habenaria schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below dam wall, Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Habenaria genuflexa Rendle
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, up to 1 m. Leaves along the stem, narrowly lanceolate, middle leaves usually longest. Inflorescence open, up to 25 flowers. Flowers green, white in the centre. Pedicel and ovary at a 90° angle, giving the flowers a very loose, drooping appearance. Petals bi-lobed, upper lobes white, curling back, lower lobes much longer, facing down. white near the base. Stigmatic arms knob-like, facing forward. Spur up to 16 mm, twisted in the middle, inflated near the apex.
Notes: This species is mentioned in the Preliminary Checklist of Vascular plants of Mozambique (SABONET report 30, 2009). It is however absent from both Flora Zambesiaca (La Croix & Cribb, 1995) and the Provisional Checklist of Orchidaceae of Mozambique (Schelpe, 1973).
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Marshes and flooded grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Sudan, DRC, eastern and southern Africa.
Mozambique distribution: T
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 218 - 219. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 328.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 105. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 78. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 128.

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Flora of Botswana: Habenaria schimperiana
Flora of Malawi: Habenaria schimperiana
Flora of Zambia: Habenaria schimperiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Habenaria schimperiana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria schimperiana
African Plant Database: Habenaria schimperiana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Habenaria schimperiana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Habenaria schimperiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Habenaria schimperiana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Habenaria schimperiana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Habenaria schimperiana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Habenaria schimperiana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Habenaria schimperiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Habenaria schimperiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Habenaria schimperiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Habenaria schimperiana
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Habenaria schimperiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria schimperiana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Habenaria schimperiana
Tropicos: Habenaria schimperiana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Habenaria schimperiana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117020, retrieved 23 April 2018

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