Habenaria leprieurii Rchb.f.1846

SECTION Nudae

Plant specimen

Drawing Drawing by © Joćo A. N. Batista; Joćo Batista F. da Silva; Luciano de Bem Bianchetti and the The genus Habenaria (Orchidaceae) in the Brazilian Amazon

Part sun Hot Warm Summer EARLYFall

Common Name Leprieur's Habenaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Fr Guiana, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago and Brazil in shrublands and savannahs at elevations of 50 to 1100 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with 1 to 7, distichous, smaller leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on a terminal, racemose, .8 to 3.2" [2 to 8 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence with erect, three nerved, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

The drawing and specimen are correct, the photo however is questionable.

Very similar to H mesodactyla but this one has shorter lateral lobes than the midlobe and anterior lobe of the petals.

+"Renz (1992) considered H. culmiformis a synonym of H. leprieuri and we follow this position here. Distinctive features from other closely related species such as H. alpestris and H. heptadactyla are the completely green flowers and the width of the lateral sepals (1 mm in H. leprieuri and 1.5-2 mm in H. alpestris and H. heptadactyla). Also, the flowers are spaced in the inflorescence and the ovary is mostly parallel to the inflorescence axis and at least half covered by the bracts. The species is typical of humid places, usually growing in areas with water over the soil."

Synonyms Habenaria cruegeri Cogn. 1909; Habenaria culmiformis Schltr.1925;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing hmm; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 H culmiformis drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = H hapdactyla; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo drawing ok/photo no; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as H mesodactyla; +The genus Habenaria (Orchidaceae) in the Brazilian Amazon 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 drawing

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