Habenaria avicula Schltr. 1921Drawing by © Joćo A. N. Batista; Joćo Batista F. da Silva; Luciano de Bem Bianchetti and the The genus Habenaria (Orchidaceae) in the Brazilian Amazon

Common Name The Small Bird Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Panama, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil

+"This species is similar to H. leptoceras Hook., found in the Atlantic forest and " restingas" in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Bahia in southeastern Brazil. However, in H. avicula, similarly to H. alterosula, the leaves are concentrated on the middle or upper part of the stem and the lateral segments of the lip range from about 1 mm long to almost absent. In H. leptoceras the leaves are better distributed along the stem or concentrated on the lower part, and the lateral segments of the lip are (2-)3-4 mm long. The only collection of H. avicula known from Brazil was collected in a " caatinga" on white sand, a vegetation similar to the coast sandy " restingas" , where H. leptoceras is typically found. Flowers are recorded as green and white."

Synonyms Habenaria avicula var. peruviana C.Schweinf. 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 not = H patentiloba; +The genus Habenaria (Orchidaceae) in the Brazilian Amazon Joćo A. N. Batista; Joćo Batista F. da Silva; Luciano de Bem Bianchetti; Rev. bras. Bot. vol.31 no.1 Sćo Paulo Jan./Mar. 2008

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