Habenaria aberrans Schltr.

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Habenaria aberrans

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
C. 4km from headquarters, Niassa Game Reserve.

Habenaria aberrans

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
C. 4km from headquarters, Niassa Game Reserve.

Habenaria aberrans

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
C. 4km from headquarters, Niassa Game Reserve.

Habenaria aberrans

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
C. 4km from headquarters, Niassa Game Reserve.

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Status: Native
Description:
Terrestrial herb p to 35 cm high. Basal leaf one, apressed to the ground,broadly ovate to alomost circular, cordate at the base, up to 4 × 3.5 cm, dark green with creamy-white mottling, hairless or with scttered hairs on upper surface; margin ciliate. Stem pale green, densely pubescent with 3-4 small bract-like leaves. Inflorescence 3.5-7.5 cm long, fairly densely 3-11-flowered. Flowers non-resupinate, pale yellow. Dorsal sepal and lateral sepals ovate, pubescent; petals 2-lobed in the apical third; lip 8-10 mm long, 3-lobed about halfway with somewhat diverging lobes; spur 10-12, bent up, slightly swollen towards the pointed apex.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aberrans: aberrant, diverging from the standard; referring to the non-resupinate flowers in a genus otherwise known for its resupinate flowers.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, on escarpments and dry hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1250 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Images last updated: Sunday 15 February 2015
Literature:

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 63.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 82.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 127 - 129.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 89 - 90. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 96.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 390.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1968). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 120.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Habenaria aberrans
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JSTOR Plant Science: Habenaria aberrans
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Habenaria aberrans
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Habenaria aberrans
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Habenaria aberrans
The Plant List (version 1.1): Habenaria aberrans
Tropicos: Habenaria aberrans


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Habenaria aberrans.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116610, retrieved 23 September 2017

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