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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Roeperocharis Rchb.f.
      1. Roeperocharis bennettiana Rchb.f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

    Habit
    Robust terrestrial herb 50–100 cm tall; tubers 2–2.5 × 1–2 cm, globose or ellipsoid, glabrous.
    Stem
    Stem leafy; leaves up to 10, the 2 lowermost black and sheathing, the rest erect, up to 22 × 1.5 cm, narrowly lanceolate, acute, ribbed, decreasing in size towards the stem apex.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 11–24 × 3–4 cm, densely many-flowered.
    Flowers
    Flowers green.
    Pedicel and Ovary
    Ovary and pedicel 11–25 mm.
    Bracts
    Bracts leafy, 25–30 mm long, longer than the flowers.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal erect, 6.2–11.5 × 4–6.5 mm, ovate; lateral sepals 6–12.5 × 4.2–6.5 mm, obliquely lanceolate to ovate, acuminate, spreading or reflexed, curving upwards.
    Corolla
    Petals erect, (5.5)7.5–15 × (2.5)3.5–7 mm, obliquely lanceolate, twisted and folded in the middle, with a distinct acute apex; rather fleshy.
    Labellum
    Lip 3-lobed, with undivided basal part 2–4.5 mm long; mid-lobe 7.2–16.5 × 1–1.5; side lobes 4–9 × 0.5–1 mm, curving upwards; spur 5–15 mm long, pendent, cylindrical, slightly bifid at apex.
    Column
    Column c. 2.5 mm high; anther connective 3–3.5 mm wide, papillose; loculi diverging, 2.5–3.5 mm long, canals 1.5–2 mm long.
    Stigma
    Stigmatic arms papillose, 2-lobed from base; upper lobe 2–4 mm long, lower lobe 3–5 mm long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Roeperocharis bennettiana Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Holmes, W.D. [0227], Malawi 21173.000
    Williamson, G. [902], Zambia 33736.000
    Schimper [1327], Ethiopia K000415982
    Keeley, P.A. [P.K. 46], Tanzania 48875.000
    Harris, T. [181], Mozambique K000613256

    Bibliography

    First published in Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 104 (1881)

    Accepted by

    • Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66: 241-151.
    • Demissew, S., Cribb, P. & Rasmussen, F. (2004). Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids: 1-300. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66: 241-151.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0