African Plant Database

Habenaria silvatica Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 497 (1915) 
Information on the genus : Habenaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Habenaria debiliflora G. Will.
=Habenaria debilis G. Will. (1980)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial slender herb 13-40 cm tall, glabrous; tubers ellipsoid, 1-2x0,8-1,6 cm; leaves cauline, 6-11, spread, the mid-stem ones linear, 4-11x0,5-1,7 cm; inflorescence 4-25 cm long, 10-many-flowered; flowers spreading, (yellowish) green; bracts lanceolate, 10-25 mm long; pedicel and ovary 8-15 mm long, arched; dorsal sepal erect, ovate, convex, 4-8x3-4,5 mm; laterals deflexed, lanceolate, 5-9x2-3 mm; petals 2-lobed from near base, lobes ± linear; upper lobe 4-8 mm long, adnate to dorsal sepal; lower lobe curved upwards, 4-11 mm long; lip deflexed or pendent, 3-lobed from near base, lobes ± linear; midlobe 4-10 mm long; side lobes variously longer or shorter than midlobe; spur 6-16 mm long, slender, pendent.
Ecology : (Brachystegia) woodlands; 900-1500 m alt.
  Reported by Szlachetko & al. (Orchid. W.-C. Afr. 1: 155, map 62, 2010) from Chad, Bekao (Audru 673). However, the identity of this gathering is uncertain – not cited by J.-P. Lebrun & al., Catalogue pl. vascul. Tchad. mérid., 1972.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 84
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