Habenaria subaequalis Summerh.

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Habenaria subaequalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria subaequalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria subaequalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Short, slender terrestrial, 15 - 35 cm. Leaves along the stem but mainly near the base, leathery, linear-lanceolate, folded along their length. Inflorescence 10-30 flowered, large in relation to the stem. Flowers mainly white; sepals broad, grey-green, reflexed. Petals 2-lobed nearly to the base; both lobes lanceolate. Lip 3-lobed; mid-lobe longest; all lobes linear. Stigmatic arms prominent, knob-shaped at the apex.
Notes: This species is listed on the basis of one record found on. iNaturalist
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Moist (sub)montane grassland, usually in marshy ground among rocks.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2370 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and nearby Mozambique: recorded mainly from the Border Highlands but also from the Central watershed around Harare.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 65.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 175.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 83.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 106 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 129.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 96.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1962). African orchids XXVIII Kew Bulletin 16(2) Pages 297 - 299. Protologue (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Habenaria subaequalis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria subaequalis
African Plant Database: Habenaria subaequalis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Habenaria subaequalis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Habenaria subaequalis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Habenaria subaequalis
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iNaturalist: Habenaria subaequalis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Habenaria subaequalis
JSTOR Plant Science: Habenaria subaequalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria subaequalis
Plants of the World Online: Habenaria subaequalis
Tropicos: Habenaria subaequalis
Wikipedia: Habenaria subaequalis

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 subaequalis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117090, retrieved 17 June 2024

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