Habenaria silvatica Schltr.

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Synonyms: Habenaria debiliflora G. Will.
Habenaria debilis G. Will.
Habenaria sp. (Williamson 1416) of Williamson, Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 47 (1977).
Common names:
Notes: There has been long term confusion between this species and H. uhehensis, which it closely resembles. Based on specimens at the National Herbarium in Harare (SRGH), H. silvatica has been said to occur in Zimbabwe (Grosvenor, 1976; Fibeck & Dare, 1993; La Croix et al., 1991).

More recently (La Croix & Cribb, 1995), it has been suggested that, according to the original description of H. silvatica by Rudolf Schlechter, specimens from northern Zambia are the only ones from within the Flora Zambesiaca area, which belong to that species. Specimens from Zimbabwe all belong to H. uhehensis. It must therefore be concluded that H. silvatica is not a Zimbabwean species.
Derivation of specific name: silvatica: sylvan, forest-loving
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, northern Zambia; NOT a Zimbabwean species.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6

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

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 121.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 47 - 49. Also as Habenaria sp. (Williamson 1416) (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Habenaria silvatica
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria silvatica
African Plant Database: Habenaria silvatica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Habenaria silvatica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Habenaria silvatica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Habenaria silvatica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Habenaria silvatica
JSTOR Plant Science: Habenaria silvatica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria silvatica
Plants of the World Online: Habenaria silvatica
Tropicos: Habenaria silvatica
Wikipedia: Habenaria silvatica

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 silvatica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117030, retrieved 23 April 2024

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