Habenaria malleifera Hook.f. 1890 SECTION Commelynifoliae Kraenzl 1893

Inflorescence Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Rogier Van Vugt and his Nature Photo Website

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Common Name The Hammer-Carrying Habenaria

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, China and Vietnam at elevations of 1500 to 1850 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with a globose-fusiform tuber giving rise to a stout, scurfy stem with 4, clustered on the lower third of the stem, broadly elliptic to oblanceolate, acute, petiolatebase leaves and broadly lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate sheaths above that blooms in the late summer on an erect, laxly many flowered, scurfy, 3.2 to 8.4" [13 to 21 cm] long inflorescence

Synonyms Habenaria furfuracea Hook.f. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing not; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 as H furfureacea drawing good; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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