Habenaria novemfida Lindl. 1842

Plant in Situ in Mexico Photos by Edouard Faria

Inflorescence Photo by Mary and her Picasa Photo Website


Common Name The Split Nine Fold Habenaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in pine oak forests on steep slopes at elevations of 1200 to 1400 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a leafy, angled stem enveloped completely by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying patent, lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, terminal, racemose, few to many flowered inflorescence with green, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria dipleura Schltr. 1918; Habenaria quinquefila Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 768 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide;