Habenaria commelinifolia (Roxb.) Wall. ex Lindl. 1835 SECTION Commelynifoliae Kraenzl 1893 Photo by © Thiraphong  Dephasdin-Na-Ayudhya and his Thai Terrestrial Orchid Bloogang Blogsite

Part shade HotCool LATERSummerEARLY Fall

Common Name The The Commelina-Like Leafed Habenaria - In China Fu E Yu Feng Hua - In Thailand Chuang Kham Dok Khao

Flower Size .6" to .8" tall [1.5 to 2cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in grassy areas of forests at elevations around 375 to 2000 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a stem with 2 to 3 loose sheaths and carrying, scattered, oblong-lanceolate, acutem margins pale to white leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on an erect, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, laxly many flowered racemose inflorescence

Synonyms Orchis stylosanthes Ham. ex Hook.f. 1890; *Orchis commelinifolia Roxb. 1832; Platanthera commelinifolia (Roxb.) Lindl. 1828

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing ok; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok /photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide

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