Habenaria pubidens P.J.Cribb 1977 SECTION Pentaceras [Thou] Schlechter 1915 TYPE Drawing by Williamson

Part shade Cool Cold LATE Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Hairy Tooth Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Malawi and Zambia in evergreen forests at elevations around 1700 to 2450 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with globose tubers giving rise to a leafy stem carrying 8 to 12, basal 4 to 5 sheth like, the middle ones spreading, oblancolate to elliptic,, noticibaly reticulate veins, often undulate margined, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on an erect, terminal, [11 t o27 cm[] long, laxly 10 to 25 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

This species is similar to H malacophylla but H pubidens has a recurved spur and a hairy tooth in the mouth.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Habenaria sp #17 pg 46 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998