African Plant Database

Habenaria hirsutissima Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 17: 521 (1964)
Information on the genus : Habenaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 20-30 cm tall, hairy; tubers ellipsoid-globose, 0,8-1,7x0,7-1 cm; basal leaf 1, appressed to ground, orbicular-cordate, c. 3x3 cm, surfaces almost glabrous, margins densely hairy; greenish-white, very hairy; bracts c. 6 mm long; pedicel and ovary 12-15 mm long; dorsal sepal erect, convex, 8x6 mm; laterals patent, semi-orbicular, convex, 8,5x4 mm; petals cauline leaves several, spread, bract-like; inflorescence 5 cm long, c. 7-flowered; flowers 2-lobed from near base, long ciliate, lobes filiform; upper lobe curved, 7 mm long; lower lobe ± patent, c. 8 mm long; lip 3-lobed from near base, lobes linear; midlobe deflexed, 10 mm long; side lobes curving up, c. 12 mm long; spur 20 mm long, parallel to ovary, then slightly recurved, apex slightly inflated.
Ecology : Open forest on brown soil.
  Similar to H. leucotricha but petals and lip hairy. Known only from the type collected in1954.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 140
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
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