Habenaria macrostele Summerh.

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Habenaria macrostele

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria macrostele

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria macrostele

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, 30 - 60 cm. Leaves along the stem, linear to narrowly lanceolate. Inflorescence lax. Flowers small, green with a white relatively prominent column, very unpleasantly scented. Sepals reflexed. Petals 2-lobed almost to the base; upper lobes linear, often crossing; lower lobes, hinged, slightly longer and wider than upper lobes. Lip 3-lobed; all lobes linear, often curved backwards; mid-lobe longer than side lobes. Column prominent, up to 5 mm long.
Notes: In Feb 2005, this sp. was seen in great abundance colonising the wet roadside ditch by the road north of Troutbeck, Nyanga.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet seepage zones overlying rock in montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2370 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Tanzania and the FZ area.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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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).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 99.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 74. (Includes a picture).

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 390.

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


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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 macrostele.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116880, retrieved 23 October 2016

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