African Plant Database

Centrostigma occultans (Welw. ex Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Information on the genus : Centrostigma
Basionym : Habenaria occultans Welw. ex Rchb. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Habenaria occultans Welw. ex Rchb. f.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Centrostigma schlechteri (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
=Habenaria schlechteri Kraenzl.
=Centrostigma nyassanum Schltr. (1915)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 40-70 cm tall, glabrous; tubers ± cylindrical, 1-2,5x0,5-1 cm; stem erect, leafy; leaves 5-10, imbricate, linear-lanceolate, acute-acuminate, 8-16x1-2 cm, the middle ones largest; inflorescence 6-16 cm long, closely 3-10-flowered; bracts leafy, lanceolate, to 3-6 cm long; flowers greenish-yellow, c. 3 cm Ø; pedicel and ovary curved, 4-6 cm long; sepals unequal: dorsal ovate-acuminate, convex, 1,5-2x1-1,5 cm, laterals deflexed, slightly longer; petals erect, much curved, lanceolate-acute, 1,5-2x0,4 cm; lip 3-lobed to base, mid-lobe deflexed, linear-lanceolate, 1,6-2x0,2 mm, side lobes oblanceolate-linear, 2x0,3 cm, swept backwards, apex fimbriate; spur pendent, cylindrical, 10-15 cm long.
Ecology : (Wet) dambos; grassland; marshy areas; 1250-2000 m alt.
  E S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.4 - 0.6 m. Alt: ? - 1405 m. Distribution: LP, MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 15: t.584 (1935).
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 143-144 (1999).
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under chg
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 45015
Record n°45015
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