Habenaria rautaneniana Kraenzl.

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Habenaria rautaneniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Habenaria rautaneniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Habenaria rautaneniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

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Synonyms: Habenaria trachychila Kraenzl.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, up to 80 cm. Leaves along the stem, sheathing at the base. Inflorescence many-flowered. Flowers yellow-green; side lobes of the lip white at the base, covered in papillose hairs. Petals 2-lobed, upper lobes erect clasping the dorsal sepal, lower lobes up to 20 mm, curved upwards. Dorsal sepal erect, hooding the anthers. Spur up to 23 mm, recurved, somewhat twisted and swollen near the apex.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In marshy places and seasonally flooded grassland, sometimes in shallow water.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1550 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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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 181.

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 115 - 116. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 80. (Includes a picture).

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.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 56. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria rautaneniana
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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 rautaneniana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117000, retrieved 12 June 2024

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