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Habenaria kraenzliniana - Massive range extension!!

Observed: 28th February 2017 By: Jan-Hendrik
Botanical Society of South AfricaSouth African National Biodiversity Institute
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Habenaria kraenzliniana (1)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (3)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (4)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (2)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (5)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (6)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (7)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (8)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (9)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (10)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (11)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (13)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (14)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (15)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (16)
Habenaria kraenzliniana (17)
Description:

I found this guy just outside of Bloemfontein at the beginning of January. Back then it was only just making new leaves (see the last photos, also the habitat shots) but I recognized it as an orchid and dug two out to pot at home so that I could find out what it is. I know the vegetation of the area very well and have never seen it before there. Bearing in mind that it is in a pot in Somerset West (and the flower photos for that matter), I have added the GPS coordinates as the original locality. This species is only known from Gauteng and some parts of KZN, and to my knowledge has never been recorded in the Free State. This is therefore a huge range extension for this beautiful little orchid!
Redlisted as Near Threatened: what a find.
EDIT: Locality note: locality given is the exact tree where it was found (southern side).

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Comments

Kenneth Oberlander's picture

Cool

Cool cool cool!

_clare's picture

Well done!

Certainly a new record for Free State; as you say it known mainly from Gauteng, also KZN (around Ladysmith etc.) but ALSO Limpopo (type locality for the species is "between Pietersburg and Houtbosch Mts.").

CA

Jan-Hendrik's picture

Nice

So there are a few pops at least. I think then it might very well occur more abundantly than currently thought, giving how much habitat there is between this and the rest of the localities, [O yes, and please "Agree" if you agree with the ID ;-) ]

Ismail's picture

Awesome find

Nice range extension. This is a great record as it extends the range into another province. Great stuff. Its such a stunning rochid too.

Jan-Hendrik's picture

Agree

Really beautiful orchid. Am gonna cut off the flowering stem (once I have finished admiring it, but before it is totally spent off course) and press it, then submit to herbarium for curation. You think that would be good?

Linkie's picture

Nice?

More than NICE ! WoW, well done. Must have green fingers ; 0

Jan-Hendrik's picture

Do have some green fingers :-)

And quite a collection of stuff. (but what people never see is how many dead ones I chuck over the wall ;-)

I have another one that I am waiting for flowering, so super excited and hopeful that it actually flowers, last year it didn't. Had another species also that grew in black clay soils, but unfortunately it didn't make it (which kind of proves my point of the first sentence)

Tony Rebelo's picture

!!

Is this one that you threw over the wall http://www.ispotnature.org/node/871827??

Jan-Hendrik's picture

Ha!

No chucking of live specimens please: only by-gones!!