Habenaria subaequalis Summerh.

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Habenaria subaequalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria subaequalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Habenaria subaequalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Short, slender terrestrial, 15 - 35 cm. Leaves along the stem but mainly near the base, leathery, linear-lanceolate, folded along their length. Inflorescence 10-30 flowered, large in relation to the stem. Flowers mainly white; sepals broad, grey-green, reflexed. Petals 2-lobed nearly to the base; both lobes lanceolate. Lip 3-lobed; mid-lobe longest; all lobes linear. Stigmatic arms prominent, knob-shaped at the apex.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Moist (sub)montane grassland, usually in marshy ground among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2370 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe: recorded mainly from the Eastern Highlands but also from the Central watershed around Harare.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 106 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 129.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria subaequalis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Habenaria subaequalis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Habenaria subaequalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria subaequalis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Habenaria subaequalis
Tropicos: Habenaria subaequalis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Habenaria subaequalis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117090, retrieved 24 February 2018

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