African Plant Database

Habenaria pubipetala Summerh.
Protologue : Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harvard Univ. 10: 266 (1942)
Information on the genus : Habenaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 30-70 cm tall; tubers ellipsoid, c. 2 cm long; leaves cauline, 8-10, spread, the mid-stem the largest, lanceolate, to 22x5 cm; inflorescence 16-30 cm long, laxly many-flowered; flowers green and white (petals), densely pubescent; bracts 17-18 mm long; pedicel (spreading) and ovary (arched) 15+13 mm long; dorsal sepal erect, ovate, 3-4,5x c. 4 mm; laterals reflexed, c. 10x3,5 mm, tips curled back; petals entire, 8-12x3 mm, erect, adnate to dorsal sepal but overtopping it, pubescent, falcate, tips acuminate; lip 3-lobed from claw c. 8 mm long, deflexed, lobes linear; midlobe c. 8 mm long, side lobes 12 mm with ends curled up; spur 25 mm long, with 2 spiral twists, forming an angle of c. 45° to ovary.
Ecology : Evergreen forest; in sparse grass at edge of Brachystegia woodland; seepage slopes on hills; 1250-2000 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]: 76
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