Habenaria bractescens Lindl. 1835 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl. 1909 Photo by © Roger Van Vugt and his Habenaria Photo Website

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Plant Photos by © Joćo A. N. Batista; Joćo Batista F. da Silva; Luciano de Bem Bianchetti and the Orquideas de Minas Gerais; El Genero Habenaria


Common Name The Bracted Habenaria

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina near or in water and marshes at elevations of 550 to 1000 meters as a large sized, warm growing terrestrial orchid with a leafy stem carrying linear to narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, conduplicate below, carinate leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, laxly few to several flowered, to 20" [50 cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Habenaria hauman-merckii Hicken 1908; Habenaria kleyi Schltr. 1925; Habenaria pontagrossensis Kraenzl. 1911; Habenaria sartor f. minor Cogn. 1903; Kusibabella bractescens (Lindl.) Szlach. 2004;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Band 35 Rio Grande Do Sul Schlechter 1925; Repert Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Band 35 Rio Grande Do Sul Schlechter 1925 as H kleyi; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as H kleyi drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as Hauman-mercki; Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correl 1952 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst and Dungs 1975 Drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Orchids of Guatemala and Beliz Ames & Correll 1985 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1224 Dodson 1985 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama and Costa Rica Dressler 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide/photo not; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2009 photo fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 drawing/photo fide