Habenaria amoena Summerh.

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Habenaria amoena

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Habenaria amoena

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Habenaria amoena

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Habenaria amoena

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

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Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Terrestrial herb, up to 55 cm. Leaves along the stem narrowly oblanceolate, the lowest leaves normally about 8 cm above ground, the largest leaves in the middle. Inflorescence laxly many-flowered. Flowers yellow-green. Dorsal sepal forming a hood over the column. Petals 2-lobed; upper lobes adnate with the dorsal sepal; lower lobes longer, linear, spreading and curving upwards. Lip 3-lobed; outer lobes similar in shape and size to lower petal lobes; mid-lobe slightly broader, often curving backwards. Spur 17-22 mm, slender, parallel to the ovary.
Notes: This species is very similar to Habenaria malacophylla, which differs in having broader leaves with the lowest leaves higher up the stem; flowers being more green and white; a shorter spur, which is inflated in the middle; and its occurrence in deeply shaded forest habitats.
Derivation of specific name: amoena: beautiful, showy, pleasing
Habitat: On rocky hillsides in Brachystegia woodland, where it may may form small colonies.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 1450 m
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Literature:

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 78 - 80. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 61. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 136 - 137.


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West African Plants database: Habenaria amoena


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Habenaria amoena.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116620, retrieved 24 July 2016

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