African Plant Database

Habenaria retinervis Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 16: 291 (1962)
Information on the genus : Habenaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 35-85 cm tall, glabrous except roots and petals; tubers ellipsoid-globose, 1-3x1-1,5 cm; leaves cauline, spread, 7-11, the largest elliptic, 5-14x1-3 cm, the uppermost bract-like; inflorescence 10-27 cm long, 8-30-flowered; flowers resupinate, green; bracts lanceolate, 10-25 mm long; pedicel and ovary curved, 20-30 mm long; dorsal sepal reflexed, convex, elliptical, c. 6x3 mm; laterals deflexed, obovate, 7-9x4-7 mm, apiculum lateral; petals 2-lobed from near base; upper lobe recurved, linear, 5-6,5 mm long, denticulate towards apex; lower lobe projecting forwards, lanceolate, c. 8-11x2 mm; lip deflexed, 3-lobed from near base; midlobe linear, ± incurved, 11-14 mm long; side lobes lanceolate, c. 7-11x1 mm; spur 25-32 mm long, parallel to ovary, apical half somewhat swollen.
Ecology : Brachystegia woodland; copper steppe savanna; open grassy clearings in woodland; forest margins; 1270-2000 m alt.
  The gathering Kassner 2413 (Haut Katanga, Zaire, Kashiba) also figures under H. huillensis var. huillensis in Fl. Afr. Centr., Orchid. 1: 114, 1984, cf. p. 118.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 103
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