Habenaria poilanei Gagnep. 1931 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl

Drawing by The Hoala Vietnam Orchid Website


Common Name Poilane's Habenaria [French Orchid Collector in SE Asia 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Combodia and Vietnam in open areas among granite rocks at elevations around 100 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial with erect stems carrrying 2, basal, close to and partly adpressed to the soil, elongate-ovate to elliptic, unequal in size, subacute leaves grading above into 3 erect to spreading, narrowly lanceolate, acute sterile bracts that blooms in the later spring on an erect, terminal, glabrous, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, 2 to 12 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

This species, H reniformis, H porphyricola, H humidicola, H siamensis, H humistrata, and H poilanei form a group of similar and possibly conspecific species and need more study to see if they can mainain their separate species status.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flore Generale de Indo-Chine Volume 6 Gagnepain 1934; Contributions to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchioideae Seidenfaden 1977; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide