Roeperocharis wentzeliana Kraenzl.

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Roeperocharis wentzeliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Namuli peak

Roeperocharis wentzeliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Namuli peak

Roeperocharis wentzeliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Namuli peak

Roeperocharis wentzeliana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Namuli peak

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Common names:
Frequency: Probably rare
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 30-85 cm tall. Leaves up to 10 along the stem, lowermost sheathing, linear-lanceolate, up to 14.5 cm long. Inflorescence up to 17 cm long, densely many-flowered. Flowers green. Dorsal sepal erect; lateral sepals erect or spreading. Petals erect, twisted and folded around the column, serrated in the apical part. Lip 3-lobed; lobes linear, joined at the base for c. 3 mm; midlobe longest, 9-12 mm long. Spur pendent, 4-7 mm long, slightly bifid at the apex.
Notes: The specimen in the photographs (Wursten 192, BR) apparently is a first record for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane boggy grassland.
Altitude range: 1700 - 2440 m
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Zambia (Nyika), Malawi and Mt Namuli, Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Saturday 8 October 2011

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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 159.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 106. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 124.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 140.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 74 - 75. (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: Roeperocharis wentzeliana., retrieved 27 May 2024

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