Habenaria gourlieana Gillies ex Lindl. 1835 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl.

Photo by © Ricardo Luis Penz and his Orchid Website

Plant Specimen

Perianth

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

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Common Name Gourli's Habenaria [Scottish Adventuror 1800's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with lanceolate, plicate leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 12" [30 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with floral bracts that are longer than the pedicel

CAUTION This group, H fastor, H nabucoi, H gourlieana and H macronectar are all fairly similar. I hope I have them separate in a correct fashion. H nabucoi is considered by Kew to be synomonous with H melvillei but I have left them separate for now. H fastor is also considered by Kew to be synomonous with H melvillei and so the photo for Habenaria melvillei Ridl. 1885 is what was considered to be H fastor. I have to date not seen a plant labeled H melvillei so please use all of these species with caution!

Synonyms Habenaria bractescens Griseb. 1879; Habenaria burkartiana Hoehne 1937; Habenaria spegazziniana Kraenzl. 1905; Kusibabella burkartiana (Hoehne) Szlach. 2004; Kusibabella gourlieana (Gillies ex Lindl.) Szlach. 2004; Macrocentrum mendocinum Phil., Sert. Mend. Alt.: 43 (1871

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as H burkartiana drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as H melvillei drawing hmm; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as H spegazziniana ;100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de Minas Gerais; El Genero Habenaria 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 photo

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