Habenaria malacophylla Rchb. f.

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Habenaria malacophylla

Photo: Petra Ballings
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Habenaria malacophylla

Photo: Petra Ballings
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Habenaria malacophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba.

Habenaria malacophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba.

Habenaria malacophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba.

Habenaria malacophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Habenaria holstii Kraenzl.
Habenaria polyantha Kraenzl.
Habenaria pulla Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, 30-90 cm tall, with spreading oblanceolate leaves. Lowest leaves about 15 cm above ground; largest leaves around the middle of the stem. Inflorescence laxly to densely many-flowered. Flowers green and white. Dorsal sepal forming a hood over the column. Petals 2-lobed; upper lobes adnate to the dorsal sepal; lower lobes longer, linear, spreading and curving upwards. Lip 3-lobed; side lobes similar to lower petal lobes; midlobe pointing downwards. Spur 9-15 mm long, inflated in the middle, parallel to the ovary.
Notes: See Habenaria amoena for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A species of forests where it grows in deep shade.
Altitude range: (metres) 880 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Western, Eastern, South-central and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Habenaria malacophylla.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116910, retrieved 26 May 2024

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