African Plant Database

Habenaria papyracea Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 498 (1915) 
Information on the genus : Habenaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 30-85 cm tall, glabrous; tubers ellipsoid, 1,5-3x2 cm; leaves cauline, 8-14, evenly spread up the stem, spreading, the largest ovate-lanceolate, 5-14x2-4 cm, decreasing in size up the stem; inflorescence 10-30 cm long, 15-30-flowered; flowers yellow- or pale green, sometimes fragrant; bracts 10-25 mm long; pedicel and ovary 10-20 mm long; dorsal sepal elliptic-ovate, concave, 4-8x3-6 mm; laterals similar, 5-9x2-4 mm, deflexed; petals 2-lobed from near base, lobes filiform-linear; upper lobe 4-8 mm long, erect, curved; lower lobe 6-14 mm long, upcurved; lip 3-lobed from near base, lobes linear-filiform, curved downwards; midlobe 5-10 mm long; side lobes 7-15 mm, pendent; spur pendent, 10-16 mm long, filiform.
Ecology : Grassland; Brachystegia and mixed woodlands; on rocky hillsides, among rocks; on sandy (granitic) soil; Hagenia abyssinica, Gnidia glauca woodland, between upland forest with Podocarpus latifolius, Olea capensis subsp. hochstetteri, Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum and Loudetia arundinacea grassland; 600-2100 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 83
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 83
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 107

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 139 (1995).
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