African Plant Database

Habenaria laurentii De Wild.
Protologue : Notices Pl. Utiles Interessantes Fl. Congo 1: 325 (1903)
Information on the genus : Habenaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 25-75 cm tall, glabrous; tuber 1, ellipsoid, 1-3,5x1-2,5 cm; leaves cauline, 6-11, spread, mid-stem ones the largest, spreading, ± elliptical, 6-22x2,5-7 cm; inflorescence ± lax, 6-30 cm long, 3-15-flowered; flowers resupinate, spidery, white and green; bracts 30-80 mm long; pedicel and ovary 60-85 mm long; dorsal sepal erect, elliptical, cochleate, 20-24x6-9 mm; laterals deflexed, 22-28 x c. 10 mm; petals 2-lobed from near base, lobes linear; upper lobe erect, 19-22 mm long, adnate to dorsal sepal; lower lobe curving upwards and outwards, horn-like, fleshy, 38-85 mm long; lip 25-35 mm long, 3-lobed, lobes linear; midlobe 25-35 mm long, side lobes somewhat shorter; spur 50-80 mm long, cylindrical, usually curved backwards, apex club-shaped.
Ecology : Open woodland, Brachystegia woodland; thicket; grassland, often among rocks and scattered bushes; rocky and grassy slopes; wet grassland; on lateritic soils, in full sun; 1000-2100 m alt.
  H. binghamii is allied. Can be confused with Bonatea steudneri.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 121-122
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