Habenaria melvillei Ridl. 1885 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl. Photo by © Dalton Holland Baptista and © Orchidstudium

What has been H nabucioi


Perianth and Spur

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

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 Cool LATESummer Fall

Common Name Melville's Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Venezuela, Peru and Brazil on roadsides and in swamps always with a wet base at elevations of 1000 to 1200 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with a white tuber giving rise to an erect, stout stem with 4 to 7, light green, deeply keeled, lanceolate leaves enveloping the stem that blooms in the early summer on a 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, to 15 flowered inflorecence

This is the largest plant and flower of the Habenaria in the Rio de Janiero region.

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 this species 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 above is what was considered to be H fastor. I have to date not seen a plant labeled H melvillei so please use with caution!

Synonyms Habenaria fastor Lindl. ex Warm. 1884 publ. 1886; Habenaria gourlieana f. magna Hoehne 1919; ?Habenaria nabucoi Ruschi 1973?; Kusibabella fastor (Lindl. ex Warm.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as H fastor drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as H fastor drawing fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 as H fastor;