Habenaria intermedia D.Don 1825

SECTION Habenariae

Photo by Pankaj Kumar

Another Flower Photo courtesy of H Lumen and His Lumen Plantes Vivaces Website

Common Name The In-Between Habenaria - In China Da Hua Yu Feng Hua

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Pakistan, the western Himalayas, Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal in forests at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a terete stem with 2 to 3 basal sheaths and carrying scattered, ovate-oblong, acuminate, 5 to 7 nerved, rounded to cordate basally leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2 to 6 flowered, racemose inflorescence with leaf-like, broadly lanceolate, acuminate, equally to just exceeding the ovary floral bracts.

Many sources put this species as as synonym of H pectinata but this one has a much longer spur and longer and more segments to the lip as well as being much more common.

Synonyms Kryptostoma intermedium (D.Don) Olszewski & Szlach. 2000; Ochyrorchis intermedia (D.Don) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 drawing fide; 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 Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;

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