Habenaria plantaginea Lindl.1835 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl.

Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrance Part sun Warm Cold LATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Platago-Like Habenaria [refers to it's similarity to the European Plantain which has similar leaves]

Flower Size .4 to .65" [1 to 1.6 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Myanmar and Bali in moist deciduous forests at elevations around 850 to 2500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with an ovoid-globose tuber giving rise to an erect, glabrous, bracteate stem carrying 3 to 7, sub basal, clustered, elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, subacute to acute, subsessile, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, laxly 5 to 9 flowered, glabrous, .8 to 2.8" [2 to 7 cm] long inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, largest towards the base, setaceous margined floral bracts carrying faintly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Plantaginorchis plantaginea (Lindl.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 drawing fide; Orchid Culture in Ceylon and the East Price 1918/2003; Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 Drawings fide; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018

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