Habenaria multipartita Blume ex Kraenzl. 1893 SECTION Multipartitae

Plant and Flowers in situ Java Photos by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Fragrance Part shadeCoolCold Summer

Common Name The Much Divided Habenaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Java in montane grasslands and light montane forests at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with about 5, linear-lanceolate, sessile, pleated, all along the stem, the middle largest leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, to 12" [30 cm] long, to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying nocturnally honey scented fragrant flowers

This species and H tosariense are very similar but this plant usually comes from lower altitudes and generally is a much smaller plant with a 12" long rachis and up to 10 flowered inflorescence. This species also has a wide open hood while H multipartita has a pinched hood and this species has a side lobe of the lip that has a main branch that wildly diverging filiform side branches instead of a main branch that has the filiform side branches emanating all form the same side much like a comb has.

Synonyms Kryptostoma multipartitum (Blume ex Kraenzl.) Szlach. & Olszewski 1998; Ochyrorchis multipartita (Blume ex Kraenzl.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Of Java J.J.Comber 1990 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001

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