Habenaria stylites Rchb. f. & S. Moore
subsp. rhodesiaca Summerh.

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Habenaria stylites subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
Niassa Game Reserve.

Habenaria stylites subsp. rhodesiaca

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
Niassa Game Reserve.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 20 - 55 cm. Leaves 2, basal, appressed to the ground, broadly ovate to almost round. Several small bract-like leaves along the flowering stem. Inflorescence fairly densely 10-20 flowered. Flowers white. Dorsal sepal erect, convex, forming a hood; lateral sepals spreading obliquely ovate, acute. Petals 2-lobed nearly to the base; upper lobes linear, erect adnate to the dorsal sepal; lower lobes linear, often spreading outwards and upwards. Lip 3-lobed c. 3 mm from the base; mid-lobe oblong-lanceolate, wider than the side lobes. Spur 2.5-3 cm, slender throughout.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On rocky slopes and old termite mounds in Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 18 November 2009

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Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 64 - 67. (Includes a picture).

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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 stylites subsp. rhodesiaca.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117080, retrieved 24 April 2024

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