Habenaria erichmichelii Christenson 2003 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

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Common Name Erich Michel's Habenaria [Hoosier Orchid's company owner current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

A new species found in Assam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam as a miniature terrestrial that is confused with Habenaria rhodocheila but differs in the 90 degree angle of the rostellum to the flower, short statured plants, leaves with silvery-white squarish spots. This species has a short stem carrying 4 to 6, subrosulate, linear-lanceolate, acute, green with silvery-white squarish spotted leaves and blooms on an erect, 6" [15 cm] long, subcorymbose inflorescence with two distant, leaf-like bracts and carrying 2 to 6 flowers.

Synonyms Smithanthe erichmichaelii (Christenson) Szlach. & Marg. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as H militaris var roseochiela photo fide; *AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 2 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo

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