Habenaria mesodactyla Griseb. 1864

photo by Julian Kenny and the NALIS Library

Drawing Drawing by Hamer and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part sun Hot Warm LATER Summer Fall

Common Name The Medium Size Finger Habenaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago in open pine forests at elevations around 80 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with thin, slender, sub-filiform stems enveloped mostly by sheath-like, closely adpressed leaves that blooms in the later summer and fall on a terminal, erect, few flowered inflorescence

Very close to H lepieurii but differs in the lateral lobes of the lip which are longer than the midlobe and the anterior lobe of the petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 765 Hamer 1982 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;