African Plant Database

Habenaria longirostris Summerh.
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 192 (1932)
Information on the genus : Habenaria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 20-100 cm tall, stout, leafy; tubers 1-2, ellipsoid; leaves cauline, 6-13, spreading, mid-stem ones the largest, (lanceolate-)ovate, 7-16x2-8 cm, the uppermost bract-like; inflorescence 7-35 cm long, 15-70-flowered; flowers green and white (petals), fragrant, ± spreading, resupinate; bracts lanceolate, 15-40 mm long; pedicel and ovary 15-25 mm long, curved; dorsal sepal erect, lanceolate, convex, 12-18x3 mm, glabrous; laterals spreading, lanceolate, 16-18x4-5 mm; petals 2-lobed in upper 2/3, 13-18 mm long, lobes linear, long-ciliate, upper lobe adherent to dorsal sepal; lip projecting forwards, 21-28 mm long, 3-lobed from a short claw, glabrous, lobes spreading, linear; midlobe 17-23 mm long, side lobes 15-18 mm; spur 15-19 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Grassland, often among shrubs; meadows with scattered trees and shrubs; open woodland; shrubby savanna with Isoberlinia doka; grass covered opening in bamboo thicket; 700-1550 m alt.
  The long ciliate petals are distinctive.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:65 (2012)
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